History in the making as Havant double up

The Havant White netball team
The Havant White netball team
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Havant are doubling up to cause havoc in the Portsmouth Netball League division two.

And to create further panic in opposition ranks, the former Havant Hawks are intent on creating even more history.

The club celebrated a unique double last term, with both their Havant White and Havant Yellow sides securing promotion from division three.

White, enjoying a second successive promotion campaign, booked their place in tier two by winning 14 of their 16 league matches – drawing the other two.

Meanwhile, Yellow weren’t too far behind, amassing an impressive 57 points as they kept up the pace with their team-mates.

Both teams’ latest moves up the Portsmouth League ladder represents a Havant first, with the club yet to experience life in division two.

White’s achievement has been recognised by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Sports Awards, with the team anxiously waiting to see if they’ll pick up the senior team of the year award at their annual prize ceremony.

The winner will be announced at the end of this month.

In the meantime, though, both teams have their sights firmly set on their new league surroundings.

And with both White and Yellow so used to the winning habit, there’s no immediate plans for that to end.

‘To gain promotion two seasons on the trot is a tremendous achievement and I am very proud off the girls for their commitment to the club,’ said White captain Elly Whitworth.

‘We are looking forward to playing at the next highest level.’

Havant Yellow, who train with top-flight outfit Gems, are equally as proud after only joining division six a few years ago.

Captain Kerri-Anne Norris said: ‘Having taken on five new players at the beginning of the season we thought we would need time to develop and get to know each another.

‘But we are delighted to have achieved so much in such a short space of time.

‘Training with Gems, who play in the premiership, on a Monday has helped us to train at a high level.

‘We finished with the least amount of goals against us in the division, with myself, Caroline Forbes and Georgette Allayan providing a strong defence for the team.

‘This, combined with successful shooting from Mary Butcher and Clare Searle, provided the team with an effective attack.’

Norris also praised 15-year-old Harriet Spalding for her contribution to the team’s progress.

‘Harriet has proved to be a talented player with confidence and ability growing in every game,’ she said.

‘She is a prime example of development within the club.’

Despite the club’s rapid progress, Havant are looking for a new coach for their White and Blues outfits.

Ideally, the candidate will already have a coaching award or at least have experience of playing netball at a high level.

The club would support candidates wanting to develop their coaching and umpiring awards. The coaching sessions take place on a Thursday evening.

If you are interested, contact elly whitworth@hotmail.com