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Fareham Zodiacs have bounced back in the Gosport & Fareham League.

After a couple of tough seasons, the outfit are settling back into life in the third tier of the competition.

They appeared to be on a downward spiral after two successive relegations and a mid-table finish in the summer of last year.

But 12 wins and a draw were enough to net promotion back to division three last winter.

Zodiacs spent the summer enjoying their netball and hoping to hold on to their place in the third flight.

The Fareham side did more than that, though.

They finished third after putting together an impressive run of wins in the second half of the season.

And the Zodiacs have continued that form into the current campaign, where they top the table after three consecutive victories.

Captain Maude Charles said: ‘The team just seemed to click last season and we went on a run of winning games.

‘We have started this season really well, too. We have ground out some results – coming from behind against Antonios and Salterns to win – and we hope we can carry on doing well as the season goes on.’

Zodiacs had secured promotion to division two in the winter of 2011.

But they enjoyed just one season at that level before being relegated back to division three.

Their drop didn’t stop there, though, as they were immediately relegated to division four in the winter of 2012.

The next spring saw the Fareham side begin to regroup.

They finished fifth in division four and have gone from strength to strength ever since.

‘Over the past few seasons, injuries and illnesses have tried to put a dampener on things,’ added Charles.

‘But we have kept going, putting out a team every week and we have continued to build on our performances to remain in division three.’

Zodiacs have been playing together for approximately 17 years. And Charles is confident the team will be around for plenty more.

‘We came together after an advert was posted in the newspaper looking for players to join the team,’ she said.

‘We have had many highs and lows over that time but our strong bond and friendships have got us through.

‘We continue to enjoy each other’s company off of the court, which I am sure helps us through tough times on court.

‘Who knows how many more years we have left playing together?

‘We are not getting any younger but we will keep going as long as we can!’

Fareham Zodiacs’ play United Services Pinks on Wednesday (7pm).