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JP JUICE are on the up and there’s no sign of their progress stalling.

The team finished runners-up in division four last season.

And don’t bet on their upward curve beginning to level out in division three.

The addition of talented trio Becky McDaid, Sonia Reeves and Lisa White powered them to second place.

Those players now have more experience and a season of gelling with their team-mates under their belts.

It all leads to the promise of more success in the eyes of captain Tracy Griffiths.

She said: ‘We started in division six and have worked our way up to division three now.

‘I am extremely proud of my team.

‘The new recruits worked wonders and a stable season saw us push further up the league.

‘I am looking forward to the new season and I hope we can keep on improving, so who knows what level we will be competing at in the future.’

Although the signings were not totally new to netball, they had not played for some years but fitted in very well and very quickly.

From the original team, there are now only four players left – Tracey Walker, Tracy Griffiths, Sara Driver and Sue Jenkins.

The team – formerly known as Curves then TT’s – had to adjust and get used to each other last season.

And despite being docked 10 points for a paperwork error, they still finished second.

Now preparations are well under way for the new season.

Griffiths added: ‘We played in the recent PNA mini league to keep us in shape and practice for the new season which will now be more challenging in a new division. 

‘We are hoping to start the new season with a full compliment of players and in good form.’

Griffiths has also paid tribute to the hard work of vice captain Tracey Walker who takes on umpire duties, along with the skipper herself.

‘Without my vice captain Tracey ensuring that all of the administration is done, subs collected and fees paid, we would be unable to function as a team,’ said Griffiths.

‘As well as umpiring, she oversees our scorers’ schedule every week and we are grateful for all she does.’