Coach hailed as Westowen continue rise

Westowen and coach Brian Weston, back centre
Westowen and coach Brian Weston, back centre
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Rebecca Cawley has paid tribute to the dedication of Westowen coach Brian Weston.

The skipper reckons his input has been a huge factor in the Portsmouth League outfit going from strength to strength since their formation four years ago.

They cruised to division two glory last term and are now preparing for the step up to division one.

And Cawley, who took over the captaincy last season, believes the future is bright.

She said: ‘I can only say what a privilege it has been to play with such a dedicated coach and team, which has resulted in the successful string of results.

‘I have seen the team go from strength to strength with the direction of Brian and without him would be lost!

‘After being out of netball for a number of years, Brian re-introduced me to the game I love.

‘And again after having my daughter two years ago, he gave me the confidence to play again.

‘His love and passion for the game is clear for all to see and we are happy to have made him proud with our promotion.

‘The girls are a versatile team of players who work hard to get the best results.

‘I am looking forward to the challenge of division one.

‘And I hope, with the welcome addition of new players, we will continue to go from strength to strength.’

Westowen were formed with ladies on the Portsmouth Netball Association’s waiting list.

They enjoyed immediate success before going on to claim titles in division four and division three.

Westowen Blues, who have now decided to go it alone, were formed two seasons ago and won consecutive titles on their march to division two.

Chloe Kitching, who has been with the club since the start, has been forced to hang up her bib because of work commitments.

The former skipper and umpire’s final game came as Westowen secured the title.

But Weston reckons the team are in safe hands.

The coach said: ‘Chloe has become a great friend and we will greatly miss her.

‘Rebecca has done a fantastic job in keeping the girls focused and leading by example.

‘She is a fantastic player, a very honest captain and the girls respect her.

‘I can honestly say, the girls are lovely and a pleasure to work with.’