Secret surprise for Back to Netball aces

The Angels dressed up as Audrey Hepburn on their latest trip to Brean Sands for the annual netball tournament
The Angels dressed up as Audrey Hepburn on their latest trip to Brean Sands for the annual netball tournament
Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

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Victorious Secret proved to be the surprise package as they snatched second place in the latest Back to Netball festival.

The Gosport team were only formed in March but they played superbly before getting pipped to the post by Fareham outfit Cams Chaos.

Chaos stole the show, with a 100-per-cent record but Secret gave a great account of themselves.

The festival was run by England Netball’s development community coach, Debbie Laycock.

She said: ‘It was fantastic to welcome nine teams to the event.

‘All teams finished with points on the board which added to the fun and social atmosphere of the occasion.’

For four of the nine teams who entered – Victorious Secret, Game On, Sweaty Betties and Scrummy Mummies – it was their very first experience of competitive netball.

Laycock added: ‘Fareham has been hugely successful in terms of the popularity of Back to Netball and how it is being received by participants.

‘We are just beginning to see success in Gosport with new sessions being set up at Gosport Leisure Centre, St Vincent College and Bridgemary School.

‘Victorious Secret had a fantastic night, finishing with the silver medals.

‘They are our ladies from our Friday night sessions at Gosport Leisure Centre and only returned to the sport six weeks before the festival.

‘They were a real pleasure to watch on the evening. They arrived nervous but excited but left positively beaming!’

The event raised £225 for Cancer Research.

Laycock added: ‘As always, we had a great response to our raffle.

‘Back to Netballers are always very generous and huge thanks also to Gilbert Netball, Gosport Leisure Centre, Fareham Leisure Centre, Coffee Cup and HC Tournaments for providing some fab prizes!’

Elsewhere, a squad of 11 players from Angels attended the annual netball weekend at Brean Sands.

Rotating positions, they made a fine start to the tournament with wins over Vale B (13-2), Redditch (11-1), R&B (13-2) and Oldbury (16-9).

Captain Lara Ayling said: ‘We had quite a few versatile players, so our rotation worked quite well.’

Angels conceded a last-gasp point to go down 7-6 to Chequers but finished their round-robin group strongly with wins over Camelot (10-8) and Boldmere (10-4).

On the Sunday, victory over Synergy (10-6) was followed by defeats to Titans (13-6) and Midrange (13-6) as they exited the competition.

Ayling added: ‘I’d like to thank all of the girls for another great weekend to remember, Aly Bradley for umpiring and Roisin Mitchell for being a super supporter.’

ANGELS: Clare Smith, Helen Jones, Dee Sims, Sue Widdowson, Aly Bradley, Fliss Condron, Roisin Mitchell, Lara Ayling, Julie Beames, Meghann Savage, Nicky England