Mavericks face up to fresh challenge

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Mavericks are preparing to launch an assault on Gosport & Fareham League division three after reigning supreme in the fourth flight.

The young guns remained unbeaten throughout last season, comfortably booking promotion.

Gosport Borough Ladies had to settle for second spot as the Mavericks were dominant from start to finish.

Head coach Jannene Taylor has been full of praise of the team’s performances – and delighted with the way they reached the pre-season goal.

However, she warned her troops this season will be a much tougher assignment.

And the coach has called on the club’s emerging talent to step up to the plate.

Taylor explained: ‘At the start of the season, I looked at the teams in division four and said “this is the season to get promoted”. And they have done just that.

‘This season we will find it very hard, as we have lost the whole of our defence and Brogan (Taylor) is away until April.

‘We know it is going to be very difficult to hold our own in division three.

‘But this is when the younger ones can come forward and show me what they can achieve.

‘We are still looking for defensive players outside of the club but we would prefer to see our young ones coming forward.’

Mavericks narrowly missed out on promotion last summer.

They bounced back in style, though, making certain of their jump to the third flight by lifting the title.

‘We were missing our centre, Demi Mitchell, who has been with us since she was 10 years old,’ said Taylor.

‘She had an operation on her back, so we brought in Ella Hadfield from GB Diamonds – she was just 13.

‘Ella was picked to come and help out Mavericks because of her versatility.

‘In 2011, she was named Gosport Borough’s most improved player for her own team.

‘She helped us with the centre-court play and assisted Hannah Clist with taking over the centre position.

‘It was always going to be hard to fill but both of them did exceptionally.

‘We then welcomed Demi back after her operation but lost Brogan.

‘Brogan had been on form up to the last three matches of the season when she went abroad to work.

‘We managed to hold it together through great teamwork and versatility and we were able to maintain that unbeaten run and won the division.

 ‘The shooters did tremendously well, especially as Dulcie Gosling had to step in and cover for Brogan.

‘Amy Roberts was our player of the season – her great defensive work helped turn over important centres.’

Mavericks only entered division six of the adult league in autumn 2008.

In only their second season, they won promotion to division five.

And a year ago they were celebrating promotion once more – this time to division four.

And Taylor is delighted with the progress the girls have made.

The head coach said: ‘I’m extremely proud of our club, our first junior team to step up to the adult league and doing so well.

‘Mavericks were my first set of girls I started coaching when they were 10.

‘I have seen them grow through the age groups of the junior league to become excellent players and young ladies.’

The Mavericks were not the only Gosport Borough side to celebrate success last term.

While Lightning narrowly missed out on promotion after finishing a fine third in a very competitive division five, there was glory in the junior ranks.

Diamonds went through the whole season unbeaten as they claimed the Gosport & Fareham Junior League under-16s crown.

Ten consecutive triumphs sealed a maximum 40 points for the starlets.

Gosport Borough train at St Vincent College, Gosport, on Tuesday evenings.

For more details, including times, e-mail Taylor on gosportboroughnet