Stars dazzle in regionals

Shooting Stars: Front, front left, Rachel Teale, Marie Stanbridge, Jo Huntley, Rebecca Manson, Jane Jewell. Back: Arty Shaw, Nickie Jordan , Victoria Madden, Amy Meadows, Kris Dorney, Emma Woodley, Emma Shiers, Heulwen Retallick. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113660-1)
Shooting Stars: Front, front left, Rachel Teale, Marie Stanbridge, Jo Huntley, Rebecca Manson, Jane Jewell. Back: Arty Shaw, Nickie Jordan , Victoria Madden, Amy Meadows, Kris Dorney, Emma Woodley, Emma Shiers, Heulwen Retallick. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113660-1)
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Dramatic finish to league season

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Shooting Stars continue to shine on the regional stage.

The Portsmouth-based club have produced some dazzling form to set the pace in South League division three.

Stars are soaring over their rivals with a perfect record – netting maximum points with six wins from six games.

And one of their most satisfying wins yet came against Southampton-outfit Swan.

Both teams were unbeaten going into the showdown but, after a tight start, it was Stars who showed their class to win 42-33.

South coast bragging rights were on offer once more when Stars hosted another team from along the M27 – Dreams II.

Regional coach Arty Shaw picked a squad with great depth in both defending and shooting to make sure they sealed a 59-54 win in what was by far their toughest game to date.

The winning mentality is rubbing off on the rest of the blossoming club, too.

And with their premier division side flying high, the goal of boasting two teams at regional level is edging closer all the time.

Stars head coach Jane Jewell said ‘This is where we are aiming – to have two teams competing and moving up the regional divisions. One of our Portsmouth League division two teams is looking as though they should gain promotion into division one.

‘That would be another great achievement.

‘All of our teams are succeeding this season, with our new division two team in Gosport sitting top.

‘That means having two teams in division one next season is looking a sure thing.

‘All this is down to hard work from coaches, players and parents.

‘We now boast seven adult and six junior teams.

‘We pride ourselves on having our silver caps award, which soon will be gold, and experienced qualified coaches who are always pushing the girls to reach their full potential.

‘With our new junior structure in place – and the under-10s and under-12s working towards the England netball skills levels – all seems to be improving dramatically.’

Shooting Stars are hosting an X-Factor fundraiser at Moneyfields Football Club on December 29 (7.30pm).

Tickets, which are available from any team captain and include food, are £5 for adults and £3 for children.

For more information on the club, or details on how to join, visit the website at shootingstarsnetball.org.uk