Jelly Netball Club showed no sign of wobbling as they ended the Portsmouth Junior Winter League in winning style.
And there was plenty to celebrate off the court as well, as the team celebrated a double at The News Sports Awards at Fratton Park on Monday night.
The talented youngsters picked up runners-up spot in the young team of the year category, while dedicated coach Julie Osborne came second in the coach of the year section.
Their recognition by readers of The News was the perfect way to end the winter season and reinforced the belief that Jelly are on the rise.
‘The girls totally deserved their award,’ said Osborne.
‘They are hard working and very talented athletes, a number of whom will go far in netball.
‘We’re going for the winners’ trophies next year.’
The way Jelly finished their latest campaign suggests Osborne won’t be far off the mark.
The club rounded off the winter season with a remarkable 110 goals scored by their two teams, while conceding just 10 at the other end.
And there were final-day victories all round – including success at a triangular tournament in Southampton.
The under-14s secured a 67-6 victory over Havant, with shooter Bianca Nilssen in fantastic form, scoring 36 goals from 43 attempts.
Defensive partnerships are also forming within the young team, with Clemmie Bridges, Abi Paterson, Daisy Turnball and Jaynali Patel all working together excellently.
In-form Sophie Allen dominated attack, with support from under-13 player Georgia Palmer-Goddard and Bex Hoxey.
Meanwhile, Ella Herman worked tirelessly for the Jelly team at centre, linking attack and defence seemlessly and making numerous turnovers.
The second Jelly match of the day saw the under-12 team record a 43-4 win over Chichester Netball Club.
Sabrina Leung shone for Jelly, while Holly Hunt and under-11 player Abigail Wood read the game excellently in defence.
The Jelly attack have become stronger with every match, and this was again evident, with great shooting from Alex Pugh and Caitlin Johnson, along with good control and work from Lily Godkin and Livvy Fretwell.
Under-11 player Hannah Ford also worked hard, while Amy Stokely was in great form, too, as the girls secured a fantastic victory.
Next up was the triangular event against Southampton-based sides Applemore and Swan Centre.
The girls played a total of eight matches across the age groups of under-12, 14 and 16, and Jelly won all eight, with a combined total score of 134 goals.
‘It was a great afternoon and was a good opportunity for the girls to play teams other thean those involved in the Portsmouth Junior Netball League,’ said Osborne.
‘All girls played some fantastic netball and it was great to have so many supportive parents there to watch.
‘Huge thanks must also go to Jen Le Breton Edis, Jacqui O’Neil and Angie Osborne for umpiring on the day.’
n For more on Jelly Netball Club’s success at The News Sports Awards, turn to page 61.