Trojan FFC prove there is life after Golden era

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Meghann Savage has spoken of her delight at being asked to lead Trojan FFC into a new era.

The captain was handed the reins when former skipper Michelle Golden and Fran Lansley decided to retire earlier this year.

Savage admitted she was honoured to get the nod.

The early signs are very encouraging as the team are enjoying their new surroundings in the first division following promotion in the summer.

And the captain is now hoping their success can benefit others.

‘Playing with Michelle and Fran was a pleasure and I felt honoured I was trusted to carry on running the team,’ said Savage.

‘We gained sponsorship from James Bates – who runs a security company called Trojan Security.

‘He works closely with Football For Cancer – a Portsmouth charity run by Ray Ogilvie.

‘And we decided to incorporate both into our team name.

‘Ray has raised over £150,000 since May 2009 and we are hoping to introduce netball to the charity in the near future.’

Trojan FFC were originally called Suspects.

They have been together a number of years but have had many changes in personnel.

Emily Loftus and Nicky Harris are two of the original players and Savage joined them about five years ago.

Since then Anna Smith, the current vice captain joined.

And she was followed by Aimee Langley, Louise Miles, Becky Copplestone and Helen Linnett.

More recently they have welcomed on board Marie Sutcliffe, who joined this season, while Caroline Sayers will soon be back from maternity leave.

However, the exits of Golden and Lansley left Savage looking around for new players again.

And the task was doubly difficult as both were umpires.

But after enjoying promotion in the summer and Savage qualifying as a beginner umpire, the Trojan FFC are relishing their new name, division and kits, kindly donated by Bates.

Vice-captain Smith said ‘I joined the team last year after leaving my previous Gosport team that I had played with for more than eight years, so it was quite daunting at first.

‘I have seen players come and go in the past few seasons.

‘However, we now have a consistent team who have really gelled and play some great netball.

‘The social side of it is just an added bonus.’

The team are keen to welcome new experienced and reliable players.

If you are interested, email meghan

Football For Cancer is next taking place in May 2014.

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