Hotshots vow to return after Sevens & The City debut

Hotshots enjoyed their Sevens & The City debut
Hotshots enjoyed their Sevens & The City debut
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Hotshots had a ball on their Sevens & The City debut.

And the Gosport outfit have vowed to return next year as the tournament promises to be bigger and better.

Hotshots were joined at Allianz Park in Barnet by fellow Gosport & Fareham League team Jo’Kers, along with Portsmouth League talents South Downs College.

Rosina Haines led them into battle in Party Cup group A.

And while they failed to win a match, the skipper insisted her side loved their first taste of the competition – run by Wickham-based HC Tournaments.

Haines said: ‘We had an absolutely brilliant time.

‘It was well organised, great value for money and most importantly, fun.

‘The weekend was perfect to socialise and bond as a team – as well as compete against other netball teams from all over the UK.

‘This was the first time we have been to a netball and rugby tournament as a team.

‘But everyone – along with more members of our team – are eager to book in for next year!

‘We cannot stop laughing and talking about the weekend.’

Jo’Kers, who finished second in the event last year, were also in group A.

They edged into the quarter-finals – with five wins from their seven pool games – and a 6-6 draw with Hotshots.

But they went no further as they lost out to Cumberland Silver in the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, South Downs College – led by ex-Jo’Kers player Carol Iggledon – were placed in group B.

And much like Hotshots, they lost three pool games by just a single goal – making qualification for the knockout stages an uphill struggle.

They did manage to notch a couple of wins to finish seventh in their nine-team group but it was not enough to go through.

HC Tournaments organisers Jo Coker and Dave Hartwell said: ‘Sevens & The City was an excellent event again this year.

‘Changing the format to a weekend instead of only one day made it bigger and better.

‘We had 34 netball teams taking part across a wide range of abilities. We at HC Tournaments are privileged to be part of this event run by former England rugby stars David Strettle and Matt Stevens.

‘It is fast becoming one of the premier sports weekends on the calendar.

‘Planning is already under way for next year as we are looking to see a large increase in teams entering the netball competition.’