Slater’s pride as rivals are shaken by Martinis

Martinis have gone from strength to strength
Martinis have gone from strength to strength

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Lymara Slater has watched Martinis go from strength to strength and revealed: I’m very proud.

The Gosport & Fareham League side are continuing to improve in their quest for promotion from division six.

They currently sit in top spot, with seven wins and two draws in their 11 games so far.

Their progress has been a boost to everyone involved – not least Slater.

‘This season is going really well and I am very proud of the girls,’ said the team manager.

‘The standard in division six is higher, the game slightly faster and we need to be more accurate and skilled with our passing and movements.

‘I see improvements within the team throughout each match.

‘Every game we have played has been very close – with four teams all fighting it out for top spot.

‘The girls have a keen interest in their progression – and on a weekly basis like to check the results table to ascertain our position in the league.

‘It seems the top half are all on the same points.

‘The actual positions are decided by goal difference at the moment.

‘This tight competition makes it more exciting but also makes the shooters a bit nervous, as not only do we aim to win each game but have to go for as many goals as possible.’

Martinis’ most recent game saw them claim a 39-20 victory over Hotshots.

And while her side are sitting pretty at the summit at the moment, she will not be putting any pressure on them to seal promotion.

Slater said: ‘The girls have gelled really well together and are very positive about the forthcoming games, hoping to remain in the top half of the table.

‘As coach, I am excited with the prospect of possible promotion to division five.

‘However, I’ll be proud of the girls if we can at least remain in the division.’

Martinis have welcomed Claire Highland, Sarah Field and Danielle Gouge to their squad this season.

And Slater hopes to return to action herself in March – with the team that makes up a club with fifth division outfit MegaMix.

They only started training together in the summer of 2011 – after former division one player Slater decided to enter them in the league.

She said: ‘It was a club I put together consisting of family, friends and colleagues.

‘Many had not played netball before, so we had season of training and learning the basic skills.

‘But once we felt confident, I entered two teams Martinis and MegaMix into division seven.

Martinis finished eighth, improving to fifth the following season before winning the title in the summer of 2013.

Martinis take on Glencoe Spirit tonight (8.30pm).