Knowle Hotshots light up Netball in the Community event at Canoe Lake
Knowle Hotshots were on fire in a recent Netball in the Community festival at Canoe Lake in Southsea, writes Helen Dunning.
They remained unbeaten to take the honours, while Fareham-based Phoenix just pipped Springers, from Portsmouth, to the silver medals.
Meanwhile, Springers goal-shooter Holly Sexton was named best and fairest player by the volunteer umpires.
The competition was part of a summer of NitC events in and around the city.Â They are being organised by Debbie Laycock '“Â former England Netball development community coach for south east Hampshire.
Laycock left that post in March but was back to what she does best organising the fun tournament in Southsea.
She said: '˜Every team got points on the board and for me that's a great measure of how evenly matched this festival was. It was all about having fun in friendly surroundings and catching up with team-mates and fellow netballers.'
Among the highlights was a 4-4 draw for Portsmouth Pivotals against Springers '“Â with Janine Robinson excelling underÂ the post.
Meanwhile, Cams Chaos and Delme Diamonds shared an exciting draw, with Emma Heaysman consistent for the latter.
Springers ran HotshotsÂ close butÂ Vicky Richardson's composure and theÂ fab support of Angie Carpenter provedÂ decisive. Laycock used the event to launch her NitCÂ venture '“Â with walking netball and social versatility festivalsÂ scheduled for August and September, respectively
NitC are also offering pay-and-playÂ sessions at Canoe Lake Leisure. The outdoor sessions cost just Â£2 on July 9,Â 11, 30 (7.45pm to 9pm).
At the same venue, free walking netball sessions will take place on July 9, 30 (7pm to 7.45pm).
Laycock is excited for the future after beingÂ buoyed by the popularity of the Canoe Lake event.
SheÂ pointed to England's success at the Commonwealth Games as a key factor and encouraged more women to come and give netball a go.
She added: '˜When you arrive early to set up and there are many players already there, you know netball is on the rise with the England Roses' Commonwealth Games gold.
'˜These taster sessions are open to ladies of all ages. Whether they played netball threeÂ days ago or 33 years ago '“ it really doesn't matter. Just come along, give it a go and have a giggle.'