Success for Karadents

Karadents. L - R back Rebbecca Bowman, Helen Godden, Jean Hey, Jo Yeardley. L - R Front Lauren Swann, Sally Bennett. Not pictured: Karen Matthews and Kelly Heywood
Karadents. L - R back Rebbecca Bowman, Helen Godden, Jean Hey, Jo Yeardley. L - R Front Lauren Swann, Sally Bennett. Not pictured: Karen Matthews and Kelly Heywood
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Karadents are flying high after a great season saw them go up as champions of Gosport & Fareham League division six.

The team have played in the league for 10 years and have been stuck in the same division for most of them.

However, last season proved to be one of their best.

Two new players were added and with some determination Karadents came out on top as champions to seal promotion to division five.

The season didn’t start perfectly, however, when Karadents lost their first game.

Captain Helen Godden’s team only had six players – not seven – and lost by three goals.

They knew with a couple of new players this could be a good season for them.

So Leona Godden was brought in as the new goal-attack and Lauren Swann as goal-defence.

Karadents actually won 10 out of their 12 games.

They racked up a massive plus-200 goal difference by the end of the season.

The last game didn’t quite go to plan, though, as Karadents suffered a second loss – by one goal.

Godden was absolutely thrilled by the overall success of the team.

She said: ‘My girls played their hearts out last season and gave 100 per cent every match. They are a lovely bunch and I couldn’t be happier for them.

‘It’s their first real victory since I’ve been captain and I can only thank them and hope it all continues.’

Karadents have continued their success in division five and won their first match against Suturians 29-6 without their usual goal-shooter, Karen Matthews.

Godden stepped in and played alongside goal-attack and long standing member, Jean Hey.

The duo have a superb understanding on the court.

Skipper Godden added: ‘Jean and I just seem to know what each other is doing.

‘We are also good friends on and off the court, which helps.’

Godden also gives credit to the defence, who only allowed six goals to get past them.

Jo Yeardley as goal-keeper and Lauren Swann as goal-defence proved to be a solid partnership.

They played a big role in the excellent run of form as the team powered to success.

Mid-court players Becca Bowman and Sally Bennett did a great job bringing the ball back up the court to the shooting pair who converted all their efforts into goals.

Emily Shemmell, who floated for the team, made some great interceptions.

It was a solid effort all round and Karadents secured their first win in division five.

Karadents have another new addition for this season with the arrival of Kelly Haywood.

She has arrived to boost the ranks, with Leonna Godden unavailable for the season.

Their next game is against Sapphires tonight.