Teamforce fire warning to rivals

Teamforce's first team are closing in on the premier division two title. Picture: Mick Young (123283-02)
Teamforce's first team are closing in on the premier division two title. Picture: Mick Young (123283-02)
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Kelly Brown surveyed Teamforce’s stunning season and insisted: The best is yet to come.

The first-team captain has led her side to the top of Portsmouth League premier division two.

Formerly known as SJC, the talented outfit are 20 points clear with four matches remaining.

Meanwhile, the club’s second and third teams are following the example and are also vying for promotion.

But Brown reckons there is more to come from her team – and the club in general – as they improve with every game.

‘We have three teams playing in the Portsmouth League and we all come together for training every Sunday evening,’ said the skipper.

‘After achieving promotion last term, we are sitting more than comfortably on top of premier two.

‘The second team are in division one and currently in the runner-up spot.

‘Meanwhile, the third team – in division two – are third.

‘With plenty of new additions adding strength to the club, it is encouraging to see all three teams in the top three of their respective tables.

‘And I am obviously delighted to be sitting 20 points clear at the top of our table with four matches remaining.

‘As the season goes on our performances are getting stronger.

‘There is no weak link, everyone is versatile and everyone gives 100 per cent week in, week out.

‘I think our score lines of 60-22, 59-12 and 55-9 reflect that.’

Teamforce’s second team took a little time to gel but have now hit top form as they challenge for honours in division one.

Captain Leia Bateman said: After merging two old teams it took us some time to get to know each other on the court but now we seem to be playing some good netball.

‘Katie Slack and Lauren Fitzpatrick have made a fine defensive duo – with Linda Hayward and Charlotte Upson forming a great partnership in the shooting circle.

‘These – combined with an ever-strengthening mid-court – will hopefully secure us some more victories as the season comes to an end.’

Jacqui O’Neill – captain of the division two side and Portsmouth Netball Association (PNA) chairwoman – has also been pleased with how her team are developing.

‘Before the start of the season, the team had never played together.

‘So we have been working hard and trying different combinations to find out which works best. Kerri-Ann Norris, Amy Clatworthy and Sarah Clifford have put in some fine displays – and we are pleased to have Caragh O’Shaughnessy back from injury.

‘I’m confident the rest of the season will be a successful one.’

Brown added: ‘I would like to thank all of my captains and umpires.

‘It is all greatly appreciated and I am excited to see what next year brings.’