Youngstars Blue are shining bright

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Youngstars Blue are shining bright at the top of division four in the Gosport & Fareham League.

They head the table with an unbeaten record and are hoping to seal a second successive promotion, having also avoided defeat last season.

Team captain Sam Brown believes full commitment from all the players in the squad has been the key ingredient to their remarkable run.

She said: ‘We really settled as a team last season and were unbeaten, gaining promotion to division four.

‘So far this season we have remained unbeaten and have our fingers crossed that we gain promotion again to division three.

‘I firmly believe our success is down to complete commitment from every member of the team.’

The Youngstars have talented players all over the court and have boosted their ranks with the signature of new player Charlotte Ward.

Brown added: ‘We have an excellent defence with Rachel Clarkson and Joanne Casey a formidable pair.’

‘The new shooting partnership of Beth Puckey and Carrie Wayman has also produced some amazing results, while on court Karen, Sue and myself continue to work tirelessly every game.

‘We would also like to welcome Charlotte Ward to our team, who will be a great addition.’

The team, formerly known as Southern Sapphires, joined the league back in September 2011.

Brown added: ‘I put the team together having played netball myself for many years.

‘We are made up of myself and my sister Beth, a couple of work colleagues and a couple of girls who I played with in Portsmouth and we are now in our third season together.’

It has been a rapid rise since the steady first steps as a new team in the league. Back then they finished a solid fifth in division five, winning seven of the 14 games and drawing one.

From there it has been a great success story with Youngstars reaping rewards after they switched to become part of a club that is going from strength to strength.

Brown added: ‘As we went into the second half of our first season, we started to really click as a team and we started our second season together, hoping to build on our success and we did.

‘Joining Youngstars and changing our name seems to have brought us even better results and we have the benefits of being part of a thriving club with four teams in the league at the moment.

‘We are also hoping to change to the Youngstars kit as soon as funds allow.’

Success is running right through the club.

Youngstars White currently sit in fourth in division one while Youngstars Red are fourth in division two.

New side Youngstars Yellow lead the way in division six, having won all of their games.

Youngstars Blue are next in action on Wednesday, January 9 when they face Fareham Fireflys Blue (8.30pm).