Super Stars continuing to shine bright in the Gosport & Fareham League

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Dramatic finish to league season

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The GB Stars have been crowned champions again in the Gosport & Fareham League.

They wrapped up the division five title after another superb season in the competition, run at Brune Park School.

All of the players: Hannah Norbury, Natasha Clark, Ellie Shemmell, Tabatha Millerchip, Kerri Grey, Olivia Lis, Beth Merryfield, Kirsten Knight and Aleasha Swannack are all juniors playing in an adult league.

Some of the older members of the them attended their school prom this month and will be heading off to college.

Coach Jannene Taylor says she is very proud of the girls who have overcome an injury ridden season with younger players like Norbury 14, stepping up to fill in.

Assistant coach Chelsea Smee took more of the coaching role from the sidelines this season.

Smee, also a GB player herself, said: ‘The girls have been brilliant, focused and played some of the best netball they have ever played.’

Despite injury troubles, Stars only lost one game all season, to Fusion.

Smee added: They’ve shown a great level of maturity and they should be proud of themselves as this is an incredible achievement.’

Norbury felt the hardest game Stars played was against Fareham Fireflies Vixens, while Knight proved a big asset to the team as she always held them together.

And Norbury herself proved invaluable playing a variety of positions as and when required.

Goal-attack Clark thinks the toughest game was against Fusion.

Clark and the rest of the girls have also played and beaten team Megamix twice, making this embarrassing for her mum, Kellie Clark – who plays for Megamix.

Natasha Clark and Norbury have upped their shooting percentage to over 70 per cent.

Both girls are very pleased how their partnership has worked.

Clark says that the defence partnership, goalkeeper and defender have been working hard to improve as the original goal defence, Swannack, had to leave with injury for part of the season.

Lis also played very well for the team and swapped into centre from wing-attack.

Merryfield is still injured but will be back in September for the start of the winter season.

Shemmell, another player whose mum Emily Shemmell also plays in a GB team, played wing-defence for Stars.

She produced some fine performances and has formed close bonds with the girls, some of which she goes to Brune Park school with.

In a hotly-contested division, even the umpires have commented on what a pleasure these girls have been.

Even the last game of the season was a tense one as it was the decider.

It was against Fareham Vixens. Stars felt the pressure but despite not producing their best play, they hung on for a win 34-29 and were crowned Champions.

Coaches Taylor and Smee are looking forward to the next season with the girls.

The squad will have their eyes on the top spot again.

Whatever happens they will do their best and smile while playing.