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Hotshots bounced back from a mixed first season in the Gosport & Fareham League to win promotion from division six.

The team were disappointed after they did not achieve glory in their maiden season.

But they used that feeling as motivation to drive them on to glory next time around.

Captain Emily Forbes believes that having a second season in division six proved vital for the team’s development.

She said: ‘The ladies were disappointed but, on the other hand, a second season in division six has done us the world of good.

‘And we came back to the summer season in fighting form and won all but two of our matches.’

Originally a team in the Total Netball League in Fareham, Hotshots entered division six for the winter 2013 season and have blossomed ever since.

Forbes added: ‘Hotshots have been playing together for just over a year and a half, forming in the first few months of 2013.

‘We started out in the Total Netball League in Fareham and had a great few months, where we learned a lot.

‘We then decided to enter ourselves into the Gosport & Fareham League and joined division six.

‘During the first season, we had to adjust to the differing set-ups between the Total Netball and Gosport leagues but also to a new line-up, as a number of players had joined between seasons.

‘There are 12 women who regularly play for the team and we often have to shuffle things around so that every player gets plenty of matches.

‘Although, there have been some matches where it has been a struggle to put out a team and on those weeks, it sometimes seems that 12 isn’t enough.’

Hotshots’ first loss of the season was a tough match against Sapphires, which saw them beaten 34-22.

However, next time the two teams met Hotshots were determined to win and did just that, turning the tables with an 18-12 success.

Forbes said: ‘We have shown real versatility, with many of the players able to shine in different positions on court.

‘In particular, Sophie Walker switches between goal-defence and centre when needed and Alice Jennings and myself switch between the defensive and attacking circles regularly and adapt well in both areas.

‘We are very excited to be progressing.

‘Hopefully we can now go from strength to strength in division five and we look forward to the challenges it will bring.’