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PROGRESS is good for two of the newest additions to the Gosport & Fareham League.

Division one player Lymara Anderson has blazed a trail for those looking to get into playing netball.

She formed two teams, MegaMix and Martinis, in division seven.

And her loyalties will be divided when the sides meet each other after the Easter break on Tuesday, April 17.

It will be a good opportunity for the players to showcase their early development.

Anderson is keen to stress, though, that results are far from the main goal this season.

But there is added incentive for both teams as they bid to claim their maiden victory, having each started the season with three losses.

Anderson said: ‘Martinis have great team spirit and motivation through centre court.

‘MegaMix’s spatial awareness and interceptions from defending to shooting have been faultless.

‘Because it is a brand new experience for all the ladies, they are not expecting to win the league or that many games.

‘But I just hope they have as much fun as possible.

‘My aim is to use this first season as a warm up, learn from each game and improve our level of play in order to come back even better next season.’

MegaMix and Martinis were two of four new teams to join the league for the summer season.

The Eagles and Fusion Misfits also arrived on the scene.

Many of the new players who signed up with Anderson’s teams had no previous experience of the sport.

But they have grabbed the opportunity with both hands and things have really taken off.

‘The first few sessions just involved learning the basic aim and rules of the game,’ said Anderson.

‘They were very funny and eventful sessions.

‘Due to the interest and high numbers we decided to form two teams.

‘Everyone put their own money together so the club could purchase tops, skirts and bibs to enter the new season in style.

‘We were all very excited but extremely nervous in the lead up to the season start.’

Anderson is delighted to be able to utilise her netball experience and coaching skills to help the players.

She said: ‘I had already completed previous coaching and leadership courses, so it was nice to put these to good use.

‘I’ve been playing in the Gosport & Fareham League for 17 years and have always enjoyed netball, playing for many teams including East Hampshire, Just Ahead, GoSport and currently Angels in division one.

‘For our first training session, my mum brought along 10 of her work friends and a few of my friends came along, too.’

The attitude of all the players has been a big plus for Anderson.

And she believes the training is paying dividends, both on and off the court.

‘For now, if they can remember the basic skills we practice and play their best I can’t ask for any more,’ added Anderson.

‘They are trying to remember everything I am teaching them and have showed some super skill throughout.’

‘They have already improved so much, not only as a team but as confident individuals.

‘I am a very proud manager and coach of such inspirational and hard-working ladies.’