Gators making great strides

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Gosport Gators continue to go from strength to strength.

The club have two teams in the Gosport & Fareham Junior League as well as two adult teams.

They are making great strides on the court.

Gators A secured promotion last season as they set a glorious example to the youth teams.

An impressive second-placed finish in division four ensured progress up the league.

Head coach Liz Hendrick is delighted with the squad who are now looking to continue their progress.

She said: ‘Considering all bar one of our players is over 40, we don’t do too badly.

‘It’s great we can show the younger girls in the club netball is a game you can enjoy for a long time.’

Gators B are also enjoying success with their own blend of youth and experience.

They start life in division four this season after being promoted from division five.

In 2011 they lost several players to university and the youngsters have suffered a bumpy ride ever since.

But now they seem to be heading in the right direction again.

‘The younger girls were left worked exceptionally hard and coupled with the guidance of a few more experienced players they have grown as a team and are a joy to watch,’ said Hendrick.

‘We have some real characters and the camaraderie is superb.’

The Gators youth teams are already showing great promise.

An impressive performance from the under-16s saw them finish runners-up in their league last season.

They recorded eight wins from their 10 matches.

It was also a bright season for the under-14s.

While the under-12s showed plenty of determination as they set out early on the road in their netball careers.

But there will not be an under-12s division this season.

Hendrick said: ‘Unfortunately, there are not enough teams this season to have an under 12 division in the junior league.

‘But we are working closely with Fareham Fireflys to host regular mini tournaments to give these younger children a competitive netball experience.

‘In addition, we will be looking to host as many friendlies as we can to keep the momentum going until the spring, when we hope the situation will have changed.’

Off the court, continued sponsorship from Fon and Becky Owen at The Queen’s Head, in Gosport, has helped ensure success on it.

Their backing is key for the Gators and a real boost for all the players involved with the club.

‘Fon and Becky support several local teams, playing a variety of sports and we were delighted when they agreed to include us in their good works for the community,’ said Hendrick.

Gosport Gators continue to train at St Vincent College in Gosport, with adult training on Mondays at 7.30pm and junior training on Fridays at 6.15pm.