Hotshots make presence felt with ‘fantastic’ performances

Hotshots have been in fine form after joining the league
Hotshots have been in fine form after joining the league
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Hotshots enjoyed a dream debut season in the Gosport & Fareham League and are now aiming to build on their success.

They only started out in the league in the winter of 2013 and have blossomed ever since – after originally starting out in the Total Netball League in Fareham.

Captain Emily Forbes is hopeful their fourth-place finish in division six is just the start of great things.

She said: ‘Having ended the season on a high with all key players back from their injuries, the team put in fantastic performances against Misfits and Glencoe.

‘All players were at their best, working as a strong team and reading the game well.

‘I am excited to build on this and really grow in our next season.’

Hotshots started the season excellently, with five wins and a draw in their first few matches.

But injuries struck in the second half of the season.

They had to cover for the loss of key players.

Forbes added: ‘Sophie Walker, Alice Jennings and Megs Anderton have proven to be a formidable combination in defence, with Alice switching expertly between the defensive and attacking circles when needed.

‘Myself, Rosina Haines and Lisa McGuigan have each had great seasons.

‘And I have had to prove myself equally at home in defence, switching with Alice Jennings between attack and defence regularly as both of us are versatile players.

‘In mid-court, centre Annabel Spruell and wing-attack Esther Frankland do a great job linking between the thirds.

‘And Katie Tabner and Lily Sivyer, centre and wing-attack respectively, worked together brilliantly, passing around court with ease.

‘When the injuries arised, Sophie Walker made the move from defence to centre, proving a key and versatile player in both areas.

‘While Lisa McGuigan switched from mid-court to the shooting circle and has had an amazing season out of her comfort zone.’

Forbes is proud of the way the team have performed after she formed the side with a group of friends.

She believes their love of the game and ability to unite together has been key.

‘I had played netball since primary school but hadn’t had a chance to play since leaving university,’ she said.

‘So I decided to spread the word around friends and form a team in early 2013.

‘Hotshots now has roughly 12 regular players.

‘All of the players have come from different netballing backgrounds, with some having played for county and others not having picked up a netball since school.

‘But one thing they all have in common is their love for the sport.

‘We quickly gelled as a team and have a lot fun, both at matches and training, while still maintaining a competitive streak.

‘As it was the first time playing in a long time for many of the ladies, we signed up for Fareham’s Total Netball League.

‘Having had an exciting season, playing against well-established, high-division teams from the local area, we decided to join the Gosport & Fareham League to challenge and improve ourselves.’