Smith hails undefeated Salterns

Salterns Netball Club. Back row, from left: Janet Brooks, Sally Cooper, Kim Pritchard, Emma Patter. Front row, from left: Sarah Tayler, Amy Smith, Kirsty Smith. Missing from photo: Michelle Evans, Anna Bull, Emma Bullen, Katie Stone
Salterns Netball Club. Back row, from left: Janet Brooks, Sally Cooper, Kim Pritchard, Emma Patter. Front row, from left: Sarah Tayler, Amy Smith, Kirsty Smith. Missing from photo: Michelle Evans, Anna Bull, Emma Bullen, Katie Stone
Vixens finished second in the All About Netball League

Dramatic finish to league season

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Fourteen matches, 14 wins, 56 points and a goal difference of 280.

Salterns were simply invincible this season.

The Gosport & Fareham League division five outfit romped to the title by a huge margin.

They are now preparing for life in division four after two consecutive promotions.

It is a fantastic achievement by the side, who are led by captain Kirsty Smith.

And the skipper is rightfully proud of her squad.

‘We are really pleased with how well we have played this season and the fact we managed to stay unbeaten,’ she said.

‘We gel together as a team and this shows in our performances each game.’

Next up for Salterns is a maiden season in division four.

And while the ladies are looking forward to testing themselves at the higher standard, they know it will be a tough test.

Smith said: ‘We know division four is going to be tougher than the past few seasons.

‘There are some great teams in division four and obviously we will swap our playing night, but we are looking forward to the challenge.’

Salterns will find out who they face in their opening match on Monday, February 28, when they attend the Gosport & Fareham Netball Association captains’ meeting (7.30pm).

Whoever will welcome them into the division, Smith is sure her side’s flexibility will count in their favour.

Salterns have finished runners-up in previous versatility and charity tournaments, showing the team’s commitment and determination.

‘We are a very versatile team and will often switch positions in a match,’ said Smith.

‘In our final match of the season, no-one stayed in the same position all match and it is great to be able to do that.

‘We don’t take ourselves too seriously and like to have fun.’