Salterns make it three in a row

Salterns netball team
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Salterns have secured their third consecutive promotion after clinching the division four title of the Gosport & Fareham League.

The team won 12 of their 14 matches during the season and, after finishing two points clear of second-placed West Hill Warriors, the girls have gone up three divisions in the same amount of years.

Captain Kirsty Smith admitted her team’s latest success had been an amazing achievement.

She also praised her players for their commitment to getting out of what proved to be a tough division.

‘This season has been tough as we thought it would be,’ she said.

‘There are some great teams in division four and we’ve had to work really hard to get there.

‘But, as always, we’ve enjoyed ourselves and grown together as a team.’

Having soared through the divisions with a trio of successful campaigns, Smith added she and the team are delighted with the continued progress the side is making.

‘We are all so pleased,’ she said.

‘We didn’t expect to be going up a division so soon after being promoted last season.

‘We just hope we can do as well in division three.’

Salterns secured top spot in the final game of the season, as they overcame Pink Harriers 53-31 in a rearranged fixture.

And Smith admitted it was great to finish off their campaign in style.

‘It was a fantastic way to end the season,’ she beamed.

‘Everyone played really well but, in particular, Amy Smith who rarely missed a shot that game.’

The team were contemplating changing their image at the start of the campaign, but Smith is glad they didn’t, with the Salterns named now synonymous with success in the Gosport & Fareham League.

‘We discussed changing our kit and name but have decided against it for now,’ Smith revealed.

‘We’ve made a name for ourselves and we want people to know who we are.’

Smith also paid tribute to two players who couldn’t play for the majority of the campaign due to pregnancy.

‘We would also like to congratulate Emma Bullen and Katie Stone, who both took time out last season to have babies,’ she said.

‘And we would like to welcome Emma back this season.’

Salterns also enjoyed honours outside of the league, securing a runners-up spot in the recent mixed tournament they competed in, while also finishing second in previous versatility and charity tournaments.

Smith and her team-mates will find out who they face in their opening division three game at the GFNA captains’ meeting on Wednesday, September 7 at 7.30pm.