New kids on the block are made of the right stuff

Youngstars White. Picture: Malcolm Wells (113494-951)
Youngstars White. Picture: Malcolm Wells (113494-951)

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Kelly Hayward has hailed the emergence of Youngstars.

The new and exciting outfit are quickly making a name for themselves in the Gosport & Fareham League.

Formed when the rapidly-rising NSL and Jokers Hamble joined forces, the club has bags of talent at their disposal.

Hamble, who are now known as Youngstars White, have won four consecutive league titles since they were formed back in autumn 2009.

They have cruised from division five to the top flight.

Little wonder then that they have agreed to link up with NSL – known now as Youngstars Red.

Under their former guise, NSL jumped from division six to division two with consecutive promotions.

The meteoric rise of the two teams has impressed Youngstars club captain Hayward, who is understandably excited about the unification.

She said: ‘Hamble have done tremendously well to work their way up to division one so quickly.

‘And doing it by only ever losing three games over the two years I think is a great credit to captain Leanna Openshaw and her team.

‘NSL have also been promoted as winners every year – until last season when they had to settle for the runners-up spot.

‘Still, that’s a fantastic achievement for all the players and they too have only lost a handful of games since they entered the league.

‘Both squads have enjoyed such an impressive few years and we hope, as a club, we can continue to progress.

‘The aim for this season is for both teams to stay in their new divisions, though.

‘We know this is going to be a tough season but we hope we can continue to display some great netball to keep both teams at the right end of the table.’

There are no doubt exciting times ahead for Youngstars.

While the clubs are certain to be a stronger unit now they have joined forces, they are also blessed with a host of individual stars.

Andrea Davis, Anna Howson and Hayward herself have all received personal accolades as their progress up the league has come at a rate of knots.

And the two clubs have not just been successful in the league, with more silverware bagged in various tournaments along the way.

Youngstars now boast a whopping 11 umpires and five committee members – showing the club’s commitment to the sport and local league.

Amy Meadows and Kelly Chambers have arrived at the club this season, while the White team are grateful to Angie Osborne for committing to umpiring duties.

Meanwhile, the sponsorship of Ryan Woodford, Chris Proudlock Ltd and Kelly’s Beauty at Home has been invaluable.