WESTOWEN ESTATE are on the up and up.
Times were tough when they set out on the path to glory.
But after overcoming the initial difficulties, there’s been no stopping them.
They swept through division five of the Portsmouth League, winning the title in their first season.
And they currently sit top of division four, with sights set on division three.
Captain Jessica Moon said: ‘It took a while for us to settle, however I am really pleased with how we have progressed.
‘We lost the first eight matches that we played but had a finishing winning run of 12 consecutive games to gain promotion.
‘We have only lost once this season and by only one goal.
‘We have worked very hard as a team and the improvements, from when we first started to where we are now, really show.’
It’s approaching crunch time in Westowen Estate’s bid for a second title.
The team will be looking to fight off a challenge from Southdowns, though promotion is not in doubt for Moon.
‘With three games left, we are aiming to finish as division four winners but things are close with Southdowns who we are yet to play,’ said Moon.
‘But either way we should go up.
‘We are looking forward to division three and think that we will have enough ability to continue a steady climb in the league.’
Coach Brian Weston formed the side in 2010 and Moon added: ‘The team were put together with girls who I knew, or from the PNA list of players wishing to play netball.
‘No player was playing active netball at that time.’
Sadly, captain and umpire Moon will soon be taking a break from the club to go travelling.
But she will return in future to help the team progress further.
Vice-captain Lindsey Close will step into her shoes and has been backed by the team to do a fantastic job in Moon’s absence.
Westowen do not have a sponsor so bought their kit out of their subs each week.
They train every other Thursday.
Any new players looking for a team are welcome to go along and trial.
Contact the PNA website for contact details for Westowen.