Wrong Direction have the right moves in mixed victory

The mixed tournament final proved to be a thriller

The mixed tournament final proved to be a thriller

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Wrong Direction won the Gosport & Fareham Netball Association (GFNA) mixxed tournament at Brune Park School on Sunday.

They beat Just In Front in a thrilling final after 14 teams took to the court in the annual competition.

A mixed netball tournament allows men to play alongside women in the usually female-dominated sport.

The rules are relaxed slightly for the men as they learn there’s no running with the ball, no contact and areas of the court they cannot enter.

The team were split into two pools, with several making their debuts in the event.

United Services were one and Julie Cramp insisted her teams thoroughly enjoyed their first taster.

The first games started at 9.30am – with Karadents and Always On Top, Wrong Direction and The Opposition taking to the courts.

All four are seasoned players of the mixed tournament and newly-engaged couple Cara Woods and Luke Heard helped Wrong Direction get off to a winning start. Zoe Norbury, captain of Always on Top, was pleased with her team’s winning start, too.

Norbury entered two sides into the tournament. Always on Top qualified for the semi-finals, while The Opposition just missed out as they finished third in pool two.

Team Sonic, who had young sisters Sarah and Jenny Rynn playing and umpiring, finished mid-table.

The Rynns compete and officiate in the Gosport & Fareham League and played with successful junior outfit Gosport Borough Diamonds.

The weather was also kind to the tournament – with one small shower cooling off the teams before the sun came back out.

Hit & Miss, captained by Emily Forbes, began their tournament with a win against United Services before they also finished mid-table. Forbes currently plays for Hotshots, who are hunting for promotion in the Gosport & Fareham League after a fine season.

Four teams moved forward from the group stages to the semi-finals.

Just In Front – a family side who are no strangers to the tournament and have won the trophy several times – won pool one.

Captain Louise Giddings has just returned from a maternity break and her son Rowan was there to support, along with granny Julie Beames.

In the first semi-final, Just In Front played N&N, who included some GFNA committee members and were led by Andrea Davis.

And it was Just in Front who sealed success.

Over on court two, the other semi-final saw Wrong Direction and Always On Top clash.

Wrong Direction took the right direction and won the game – giving them a shot at the trophy.

After a long morning, it was nice to see some of the teams stay behind to watch the final.

And they were not disappointed as it proved to be a thriller.

At half-time, Just In Front were in front as they were inspired by some great mid-court play by Mark Beames.

Wrong Direction took to the court for the second half with a new determination.

And excellent shooting by Woods and Nathan Ashmore tipped the game in their favour and saw them claim the title.

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