Wrong Direction are on the right path to netball glory

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Wrong Direction have enjoyed a superb first half of the season as they map out their route to success.

The team are currently second in the Portsmouth League premier one.

They are level with the leaders on points but second on goal difference.

It’s been a busy schedule for the team who have also attended three consecutive tournaments.

They went to the annual Bournemouth 7s festival, getting off to a great start on the Saturday with a versatile squad of 11 players this year.

They won five out of six games throughout the morning on a very hot day, with their best score being 17-1.

Captain Rachel Teal said: ‘Our shooting was great, the defence were working well together, and court play flowed effectively.

‘Once again we came up against Peeks Netball Team, who were last year’s winners and, unfortunately, in a nail-biting goal-by-goal game we lost out in the last second nine goals to eight.

‘Picking ourselves back up for another six games on Sunday morning we once again had a fantastic start.

‘Showing our versatility as a team and great spirit, we won our first five games to then come up against a well-established London team – playing under the name Hot Custard.

‘This again proved to be a close end-to-end, physical game, with both teams having a solid defence, stopping the shooters from having an easy time.

‘Yet again we narrowly missed out by a single goal.

‘This then meant we missed out on qualifying for the final.’

Hot Custard went on to play Peeks in the final and won the title convincingly.

A great weekend was had by all the Wrong Direction squad and they then prepared for their second tournament in Richmond at the Summer Social, where they targeted silverware.

Teal added: ‘We had a great afternoon, winning all of our games as we headed to the final.

‘But with only seven players we soon tired out and ended up runners up.

‘The third weekend we entered Brighton Rocks and again finished second, losing by only four goals to established side Sussex Thunder.

‘Although it’s nice to bring home some silverware, the fun and laughter on and off court is the most important ingredient.

‘We are looking forward to our next tournament at Sevens in the City next month.’

n Stars are holding trials for their Hampshire and regional teams at South Downs College on Wednesday, July 1 and July 8, from 7am to 9am.

Email janejewell_3@msn.com for an entry form or download one from the Portsmouth Netball Association, Gosport & Fareham Netball Association, or Stars facebook pages.

Send completed forms back to Jane Jewell, 117 Battenburg Avenue, Hilsea, PO2 0SW.

This is open to all who want to play higher netball with a successful club.

n Wannops have gained a new sponsorship and will be called Sparks for the new season. They are looking for players to strengthen their squad in South Regional League division one.

They will be holding a training/trial sessions soon on the outdoor courts at the Mountbatten centre. Contact Claire Pepper if you are interested on 07703 583976.

n PNA teams are reminded there is an AGM on Thursday, July 9, so all captains need to send in any proposals or nominations, deadline is today.

n GFNA division one and two captains have been emailed regarding a change of fixture from June 22 to July 13 because of an event at the school.

n The All About Netball junior tournament is on June 13 at Cams Hill School, Fareham. Contact Dee Parker allaboutnetball@outlook.com

n Back to Netball mixed festival is on June 27 at Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre. Contact Debbie Laycock debbie.laycock@englandnetball.co.uk

n The GFNA mixed tournament takes place on June 28 at Brune Park, Gosport. Email Helen Dunning at alwaysflowers@hotmail.com