Westown heading in right direction

Back row, left to right: Elissa Witt, Zoe Jennings, Ella Knight, Verity Stodart and Helen Manuel. Front row, from left: Sue Smith, Lori O'Sullivan , Chloe Kitching and Lindsay Clifton
Back row, left to right: Elissa Witt, Zoe Jennings, Ella Knight, Verity Stodart and Helen Manuel. Front row, from left: Sue Smith, Lori O'Sullivan , Chloe Kitching and Lindsay Clifton
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Westowen Netball Club are keen to make the most of the feel-good factor currently encapsulating the Portsmouth League outfit.

Despite losing players because of pregnancy or work commitments, their Warriors side regrouped to lift the division four title.

And with Solutions recently joining the club as Westowen Reds, they too continued the winning tradition by securing promotion from division five.

The club was only formed three seasons ago, when Brian Weston started the Warriors by picking up players from the Portsmouth Netball Association waiting list.

Weston is a popular figure within the club, having led them to the division five crown in their inaugural season and he’s delighted with how the team has responded to his leadership.

‘This season we have also lost some key players so have brought in five new players and we are slowly starting to gel,’ said Weston.

‘Having only lost by a few goals in several games, we are currently sitting just below mid-table.

‘The ladies are brilliant, they deserve to achieve as much as possible out of the game because their commitment to the club is superb.’

Helen Manuel is the captain of the Warriors. She praised Weston for his contribution to the club’s cause over the past few years.

‘There is a fantastic feel about the club, and although Brian works the girls hard, he also makes it fun,’ said Manuel.

‘It is a shame we have lost players from last season such as Clare Little.

‘However, the players Brian has brought in are fantastic and we will no doubt soon be in the running for promotion to division three.’

Reds skipper Sheila Osborne said her side look forward to joining in with training every other week.

‘We now go to training sessions with Westowen Warriors every other Thursday and under the coaching of Brian both teams are growing into good sides,’ she said.

In order to take advantage of the club’s growing status in the local netball ranks, Westowen are in the process of entering a new side into the league for the coming winter season.

The players will once again be predominately from the waiting list but if there are any ladies out there looking for fun and fitness within a very well-organised club, who have a good social night out around three to four times a year, please contact Brian on baw32@hotmail.com

The club’s umpires are Chloe Kitching for Warriors and Sue Price for the Reds.

Angelina Parker also covers umpiring when needed, which the teams are grateful for.