In the Premier League, there was a lack of experience across the court and the senior players just couldn't quite step up to support the young debutantes in the team this year. With one U15, three U16s and two U20s all taking to the court for the first time this year it was always going to be a tough year and so it proved, as the team only managed to put together two wins in the regular season and finishing bottom of Division 3. It was a similar story at playoffs, although the team did take the scalp of one of the regional winners, they were well beaten by two others, both of whom were eventually promoted. This form was mirrored in the North West Kent League, with plenty of flashes of brilliance and top play but just unable to produce this consistently. So next year it will be the London & SE Regional League and Division 2 NWKL, but everyone, especially the young guns, will have learnt from their experiences this season.
The County League started well, but the team then struggled as players were promoted into the Premier team and became unavailable. Again, the youngsters of the club got plenty of court time and learning opportunities with ten U16 players all getting their first experience at this level. A fourth place finish in Division 1 was therefore a respectable result. In the NWKL however, despite some great performances the team just couldn't quite push on for the wins when the opportunity was there, so a 9th place finish sees the team relegated to Division 3. Again, lots to build on for next year though.
The 3rd team performed well in the NWKL, finishing a creditable 4th in Division 6, beating some strong teams along the way. They also suffered with players being promoted but the Juniors moving up into this team have all taken to senior netball pretty seamlessly, which is a big positive.
Now time for a well deserved rest before we re-group and work hard to continue building.