It’s not just The News that has freshened up its look.
After eight seasons of ups and downs, Jeffries have decided it is time for a change.
Goal-keeper Nicola Keenan netted a new sponsor in Bradley Madgwick of BM Scaffolding.
A family friend of Keenan, Madgwick was happy to get on board and deck the side out in a new royal blue and white kit.
And now BM Scaffolding are aiming to climb to the summit of division two and earn promotion.
The team finished midtable last term – after a series of successful campaigns had seen them climb the league.
Two promotions in four seasons were the highlights of their success and the ladies are determined to hit those same heights again.
It is hoped BM Scaffolding will help them raise the bar.
And with three wins from their first five matches, the early indications are good.
‘It’s great Brad has been willing to help us out,’ said Nikki Barrett, the BM Scaffolding skipper.
‘The new kit fits and feels much better, so all the girls are happier with it.’
Not only has the team received new sponsorship but they are also fielding two different umpires.
Keenan and Jodie Morley have filled the void left by Sally Brown, who left for Australia this year.
And within six months of returning, the former is waiting to complete her beginners’ test and is starting to work towards her C award.
Keenan also received an award from the Portsmouth Netball Association for her dedication to umpiring. The team itself has been together for over 10 years.
Jo Leggett and Nicola White are the only players remaining from the original team. However, the majority of the current side has now played together for at least five years.
A new addition to the ranks has been Becki Milner.
She has slotted in brilliantly with the current defence.
So all is set for an exciting new era for Barrett’s new-look BM Scaffolding outfit.