Slater toasts Martinis

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Martinis are determined to toast a another promotion.

The Gosport & Fareham League side currently top division four after climbing from the seventh flight in the space of just three seasons.

And having won all 11 of their games so far this term, they are now red-hot favourites to take the crown and make the jump to the next level.

Team manager Lymara Slater has lauded the efforts of her side.

And the proud boss revealed they remain hungry to complete the season in style and win promotion.

‘Martinis were a little slow to start with – coming eighth in division seven and then fifth the following season,’ said Slater.

‘However, with continuous training they secured promotion at the third time of trying and won division seven.

‘From then onwards there has been no stopping us!

‘Each season we have been promoted and we are currently now in top spot in division four undefeated.

‘Martinis have had players come and go throughout and I became a player-coach last season after returning from pregnancy.

‘I love coaching the girls when we are playing together.

‘I am so very proud of the girls and the hard work and effort they put in every week.

‘We are hungry for the win and would love to be promoted once again to keep our reigning champion title going.’

Martinis entered the league in the summer of 2011 but had to wait until the summer of 2013 before celebrating the first of their three successive promotions.

Titles followed at division six and division five level before a blistering start to the current campaign.

‘Martinis started off four years ago now,’ said Slater.

‘They began training with my other team, MegaMix, for fun and fitness.

‘I decided to enter them both into the Gosport & Fareham Netball Association’s summer league.

‘It was a struggle to begin with as many players had not played before or had only recently returned.

‘So I made it my goal to train them and get their skills and fitness levels up.’

And judging by their performances over the past 18 months, Slater has done a fine job.

Martinis are making the most of the festive break and return to action on Wednesday, January 7 with a clash against Gosport Borough TML (7pm).

n Division six side NATS are looking for a coach or another team to train with. Contact Lucy Tigwell on 07824 235231 or

n The next beginners’ umpiring course is at Admiral Lord Nelson School, Portsmouth, on Sunday, January 18 (10am-4pm). It costs £22.50 if you are affiliated to the Hampshire Netball Association or £25 if not.