After a rollercoaster year, Chocolate Fountain Heaven are hoping to finally settle down.
Over the past few seasons, they have endured the lows of relegation and enjoyed the ecstasy of promotion.
All this in a range of guises, too – Just UK, Just In Time and Chocolate Fountain to name a few.
But now they are comfortable in their skin.
And although Jane Warren’s side are struggling at the foot of Portsmouth League division one, they are determined to spring a few surprises in the second half of the campaign.
They are not giving up hope of launching a great escape, after working so hard to win promotion to the second tier.
‘With some fantastic, intuitive play from shooting duo Damarys Harmer and Karen Hemmings, we were in unbeatable form last season,’ said Warren.
‘Only strong opposition from Taylor Cocks threatened to ruin the fairytale jump to division one.
‘Becki Valentine, as always, was strong and consistent in defence.
‘And with new girl Julie McKie sharing the centre position with me, promotion was a formality in the end and well deserved.’
Renamed Chocolate Fountain Heaven (CFH) after netting sponsorship prior to the start of the summer campaign, they were sporting a fresh black and purple kit as they made the jump to division one.
And still basking in their summer success, CFH made a promising start to the winter season.
But as early-season injuries took their toll – along with the departure of key players – they soon found themselves facing an uphill struggle.
With just two wins from the opening nine matches, they already trail their closest rivals by 19 points.
And as they strive for a period of normality, another relegation is on the cards.
But Warren & Co have reasons to be cheerful going in to the new year.
Once more CFH have dug deep to attract new players, including Tracey Nielson who has started confidently at goal-attack.
They also have great reserves – who help out each week – and with the return to fitness of Hemmings, the team are planning on upsetting a few of their rivals before the season ends.
n The PNA are holding a umpiring rules forum on Tuesday, January 3 (7pm).
Games that night have been rescheduled, as three players must attend from each team.
Venue to be confirmed.
n Portsmouth University are looking for umpires. Contact email@example.com. uk for more details.