Sirens close in on 10th anniversary

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Swanmore Sirens are closing in on their 10th anniversary.

The club has thrived over the past decade – first in the Gosport & Fareham League and now in the All About Netball League.

And there is no sign of them taking their foot off the gas, with a new junior section set to drive the club forward.

The Swanmore outfit were founded in 2006 by Lynn Evans.

Her sister-in-law, Melissa Evans, suggested it in a throwaway comment but a seed was sown and soon after Sirens were off and running.

To start with family and friends were drafted in – giving the Swanmore Evergreens, as they were then known, a foothold.

After just 12 weeks a sponsor, Twisted Pairs Computers, came forward and the team became Twisted Pairs.

The club morphed into it’s current guise in 2011.

Up until this season, Sirens plied their trade in the Gosport & Fareham League at Brune Park School.

And they tasted plenty of success – progressing up through to divisions to the third tier.

However, a desire to move closer to home has recently seen them switch to the All About Netball League – based at Cams Hill School.

And they are currently flying high in second – behind reigning champions Warriors – with an unbeaten record.

Sirens train on Tuesdays at Swanmore College of Technology (7.30pm).

And Lynn Evans ensures players are properly hydrated after the netball session with a trip to the local pub for a weekly quiz.

As with any club, players come and go but the skipper attributes the success of the club to the fact the core have remained throughout.

They have formed firm friendships that go beyond the netball court.

Jo Davey, Jodie Reid, Tina Page, Lou Kent and Sarah Evans have been through it all with Lynn Evans.

Sirens play tournaments and friendly matches with other local teams, including lads versus lasses matches – which the captain insists the girls dominate!

They have also hosted fund-raising events, a race night was a recent success, and they travelled to Surrey Sports Park, Guildford to watch Surrey Storm in the Superleague.

A Christmas do always rounds off the year but while Lynn Evans insists its all about fun, matches remain a serious business.

Alongside her other responsibilities, she is also the club coach and holds a UKCC Level 2 qualification.

This is going to put to use soon with the Sirens increasing in size with the formation of a new junior section.

As from May 11, there is a training session for eight to 13-year-olds.

This will also be held at Swanmore Collge of Technology (4.30pm).

These girls will be called Swanmore Cygnets, whom Lynn Evans hopes will join the junior league at Cams Hill School soon after.

With the club now into their 10th year, the Sirens are planning a series of celebratory events to mark the milestone.

And Lynn Evans is hosting a trial run on July 19 when she welcomes teams for an adult tournament.

For more information on Swanmore Sirens, including the adult tournament and the club’s new junior section – contact Lynn Evans on lynnevans@shoresurveyors.com