Plenty of Juice left in the tank

JP Juice. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132574-1)
JP Juice. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132574-1)
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JP Juice are aiming to accelerate all the way to the Portsmouth League premier division.

The team have climbed from division six to division two.

Their successful formula has been based on a rock solid defensive unit.

Sarah Driver, Sue Jenkins and Lisa White have combined superbly to maintain an impressive goals-against record.

They have conceded the lowest number of goals in each division along the way to their current level.

Captain Tracey Griffiths believes they can continue to push on and go even higher.

She feels a dream crack at the premier division could be within reach.

Griffiths said: ‘After struggling in the first few seasons of entering the league, we have steadily worked our way up the divisions.

‘Now we feel confident our ascent can continue.

‘We have had a positive start to the season and even though we have two injured players we have the right team to keep winning matches.

‘Our dream is to eventually get into the premier division – we feel this is a possibility if we all play to our full potential.’

It’s not been all positive news for the team, though.

Vice-captain Tracey Walker, goal-attack for the team, has broken her finger and will be out of action for at least six weeks.

But fortunately shooter Vicki Craig has recently returned after having her first child.

JP Juice also have Becky McDaid out with a knee injury.

But new signing Lucie Dearling is settling in very well.

Sonia Reeves is also a relatively new player and has made a positive impact in the centre of the court.

Griffiths said: ‘Our defence team, Sue Jenkins and Sarah Driver, have been with the team from the beginning and have a brilliant defence record.

‘Sarah is one of the most passionate players on the team.

‘We do really miss her when she is unable to juggle her shifts as a children’s specialist nurse.

‘Both myself and vice captain Tracey Walker both umpire and we are currently in training to take our C award’s in the very near future.’

JP Juice was originally started by current captain Griffiths.

She has now secured a new sponsor so will be changing the team name to John Pounds Centre for next season.

Griffiths is confident the move will pay off.

She added: ‘I have secured a sponsorship with my work, who are contributing to a new kit.

‘And they have given all the girls a free gym membership to help with our overall fitness and training as we don’t train together due to having busy family lives.’