Tigers show their teeth

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Fareham Tigers are determined to rediscover their bite.

The tame group found themselves propping up the Gosport & Fareham League last season.

And while they refuse to abandon their welcoming ways, the Tigers are keen to fight back.

Vice-captain Sarah Rowlands said: ‘We play to keep fit and to have a bit of time with friends.

‘We look forward to our Tuesday evening games and training on a Friday.

‘We recently lost several key members of our team due to work commitments and university courses, which has resulted in some of us playing out of position.

‘But with the arrival of some new players in the off-season, we are training hard and looking forward to achieving good things in the new campaign.’

The Tigers will be hoping to show their teeth against Bishop’s Waltham Wildcats when they are next in action on Tuesday night.

But the league is not the only thing on the side’s agenda.

The Fareham-based team also enter most tournaments the league runs, enjoying days out with their families and keeping fit in the process.

‘Tournaments are a way for our whole family to be involved and enjoy a day out,’ said Rowlands.

‘We started as a group of mums whose daughters had taken up playing netball.

‘Some of us had played previously and others had never played.

‘But we decided to start a team for ourselves – that was three-and-a-half years ago.’

Rowlands has resumed umpiring over the past few seasons – after a 15-year break – progressing to division six standard.

And she is also a member of the Gosport & Fareham Junior League committee, helping to keep the competition running for the local youngsters.

‘Our children play netball in this league,’ she said.

‘Tigers feel it is very important for the children to enjoy our sport as much as we do.

‘And we are willing to help in any way we can to ensure this continues.’