Sweet success for Jelly as Tots and Beans shine

Jelly Tots, back row, and Jelly Beans
Jelly Tots, back row, and Jelly Beans
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Julie Osborne has hailed the Jelly teams after they enjoyed another ‘fabulous’ season.

Both sides – the Tots and the Beans – have won promotion in the Portsmouth League.

With no junior league to contest, the promising youngsters – some as young as 12 years old – have been thrown in at the deep end.

But they have proved they are more than capable of holding their own with adult opponents.

And with the talents also picking up key organisational skills throughout the campaign, Osborne could not be happier with their progress.

The coach said: ‘The girls themselves run the teams without me being present.

‘And they do an excellent job, developing their organisational skills as well as having a sense of responsibility.

‘Both teams are getting promoted at the end of the season, which is fabulous.

‘It is all down to their hard work and determination.

‘Coming up against older, stronger and more experienced opposition can be very daunting at first but the girls are aware of how much the matches and the league as a whole help them to develop and progress.

‘There will be a few changes in the teams next season.

‘With some players attending Hampshire Academy training on a Tuesday and others choosing to concentrate on their school exams, it means spaces have opened up.

‘So some of the youngest members of the club will now be getting involved.’

Jelly Beans won division four in their very first season.

They only lost one game during the entire campaign and recorded some impressive wins.

Often, they were able to prevent their opponents from even scoring a single point.

Meanwhile, Jelly Tots shone just as brightly.

They finished runners-up in division three.

Only losing two games all season – both to the eventual winners, they also recorded some impressive victories in their superb campaign.

Both teams face tougher games next season as they embark on new challenges at a higher level.

But coach Osborne has every faith they will show great maturity and take it in their stride.

Many of the girls recently attended a beginners’ umpiring course as they look to develop their skills.