PERSISTENCE has paid off for impressive Swanmore Sirens.
They are on the up after finally securing promotion to division four of the Gosport & Fareham League.
And they did so in style, wrapping up the division five title in the process.
It’s been a long and ardous journey for the side as they battled to make the step up to the higher level.
They have been regulars in the promotion shake up in recent seasons.
And in spring 2010, the team suffered the heartache of losing to Gosport Borough Mavericks in the final match of the season.
But now their hard work has paid off, with promotion and silverware.
And Sirens did it in style, recording 12 wins from their 14 matches as they swept past almost all before them.
‘We were pipped to the post of moving back up to division four in 2010 by Mavericks and we came third again the year after,’ said new captain Louise Kent.
‘But we were finally promoted last season which we are thrilled about.’
Swanmore beat second-placed Hughes & King to top spot.
And it was an even sweeter success for Swanmore as the one match they lost along the way was to their title rivals, going down 33-23 in the second contest between the teams.
Crucially, Swanmore had defeated their rivals earlier in the season.
And even though Hughes & King hit back to close the gap at the top, Swanmore edged the second-placed side by two points in the final table, finishing with 46 points in total and an impressive plus 231 goal difference.
A thrilling 36-36 draw with Gosport Ferry was the other game they failed to win.
Swanmore’s biggest success came as they thrashed fourth-placed Mobys 55-12.
Now the team will turn their attentions to life in division four and proving their mettle at the higher level.
‘We are all looking forward to the upcoming challenge,’ added Kent.
‘Our recent success has been down to team commitment and the flexibility we have had – being able to play 13 affiliated members of the team.’
Swanmore Sirens train every Tuesday evening at Swanmore College of Technology and have around 25 members in the club.
Kent and her team-mates will find out who they face in their opening division four game at the GFNA captains’ meeting on Wednesday, September 7 at 7.30pm.