Shooting Stars continue to blaze a trail in Portsmouth

18/09/12  LD''The three Three Stars netball team squad. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123069-1)
18/09/12 LD''The three Three Stars netball team squad. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123069-1)

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Shooting Stars are continuing to break new ground in the Portsmouth League.

Already one of the most successful clubs in the region, Stars are currently celebrating a stunning treble.

They have three teams competing side by side in premier division one – after their third team won promotion last term.

Stars’ first team are the reigning champions, while the second string finished runners-up last season.

Now the third team are mixing it in the top flight.

And this is the first time in Portsmouth Netball Association (PNA) history a club has had this level of success.

Across all levels of representative netball, Stars are achieving success and finding ways to support players of all ages.

The senior side – who play in division two of the south regional league – went 20 games undefeated and only lost their most recent game by one goal.

And head coaches Jane Jewell and Arty Shaw are confident a second regional side will be competing next season.

Meanwhile, the junior section of the club is now beginning to compete at a higher level.

Two teams are set to figure in the inaugural under-16 Hampshire League – and both are due to begin their campaigns in Southampton on Saturday.

Stars say this ability to play and compete at local, county and regional level is achieved by the open-door policy at weekly training.

They hold sessions every Wednesday – starting at 4pm for under-10s through to 9.30pm for the senior players – at Portsmouth College, when everyone is welcome to prove their worth.

Jewell, Shaw and the other level one and two coaches at the club will not turn anyone away as they take players from as young as seven.

Shooting Stars boast three teams in the Gosport & Fareham League.

Meanwhile, they field five teams in the Portsmouth League – with the three premier division sides the pinnacle.

The club are also organising a summer tour to Marbella – with two days of netball which will be open to anyone from the region who has the ability to play at a higher level.

Head coach Jewell said: ‘We have had numerous wins over the last year.

‘The successes have come in everything, from local leagues and tournaments, Pontins events and Bournemouth 7s to Netfest in Spain.

‘We have claimed winners or runners-up spots in 14 different competitions.

‘We are also proud to have best and fairest winners in our ranks.

‘Jessie Jewell won the Gosport & Fareham League prize and Lizzie Rowe and Georgia Parsons took the PNA award.

‘We held our presentation evening last month and some girls walked away with lots of awards.’

Scooping the most awards was Amy Roberts, who won five different gongs.

Kris Dorney won four, while Abbie Buckland and Stacey Warren both took three each.

Double-award winners were Rowe, Jenny Proudlock, Jewell and Beth Bridgen.

Meanwhile, Victoria Madden was named regional player of the season – an award voted for by the team’s various opposition throughout the campaign.

Stars actively support coaches and umpires who would like to progress through the ranks.

Coaches are encouraged in their pursuit of UKCC awards.

And umpires who are looking to progress through C to A awards are always given the help, support and information required.

They do, however, have an opening for a goal-defence or goal-keeper in their under-16 Hampshire League side.

For details, call Jane Jewell on 07780 578136.