Youngstars living life to the max

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Youngstars Red are clearly a team with a lot to be thankful for.

The Portsmouth Netball Association side have certainly had more ups than downs since reforming three-and-a-half years ago as NSL.

The only blot on their copybook during that time was relegation to division three following four promotion-winning campaigns.

But even then Youngstars carried on regardless with an envious spring in their step and returned to their old division two stomping ground at the first time of asking.

The feel-good factor around the club was supplemented further by a respectable fourth-place finish last season.

And even the departure of former captain Jo Glenn has failed to dampen spirits within the camp, with current skipper Andrea Davis grateful for the privilege of playing alongside her respected team-mate.

Davis said: ‘I’ve been the captain for about three seasons, after I took over from Jo, who had done an awesome job up to then.

‘Jo, myself and Siobhan Glenn normally take care of all the umpiring for our team.

‘But I’m sad to say goodbye to Jo this season as she’s decided to move on to another team.

‘We would all like to wish her the best of luck and thank her for all her support over the years.’

Davis added she was also thankful for the faith shown in the team by sponsors and those players who have joined and enhanced the experience of playing for Youngstars.

‘We have been lucky enough to have been sponsored by Kelly Hayward and Kelly’s beauty@home and have been joined by Jokers Hamble to form the Youngstars club which has now been up and running for about four seasons,’ said Davis.

‘Last season saw two more teams join the club and I’m sure I’m not alone in thanking them for their support as many of them played for our division one and two teams, which really helped out and gave them some great experience.

‘I would also like to welcome Amie Gibbs and Amy Edmundson to the team.

‘They joined this season and have fitted in with the other girls so well.

‘Thank you also to Nicky Ford for signing for us for the last four games to help us secure our place in division two for another season.’

Davis reserved special thanks, though, to Stacy Osborne and Charlie Leech for their on-court contributions to the team, operating with distinction in the Youngstars’ defence.

‘My biggest thank you as a captain has to be to Charlie Leech and Stacy Osborne,’ said Davis.

‘They stepped up and became our new defensive duo this season. They did an amazing job and played a big part in keeping us up.

‘We would also all like to say a big congratulations to Jess Owen on her baby and engagement news and wish her all the best for the future.

‘Her support on the side lines every week has been appreciated’.

As well as various promotions, the team can also boast another best and fairest player award to their name as Davis is in the running for her fifth accolade.