Moreton Hall will provide the sternest competition again in this summer’s West Suffolk Netball League, with three teams gracing Division One.
Hall’s A team have won the title for the past two seasons and will be joined by their B and C teams in the top flight of West Suffolk netball this season.
Featuring a number of new sides and a sixth division to accommodate everyone, the new campaign tips off on Monday at a time when netball in England is enjoying publicity from the national side’s whitewashes of Australia and Jamaica.
“For us, netball has never been out, but other people have shown a lot more interest and last year we had great local press,” said league secretary Tracey Butcher, who is welcoming more teams than ever before into the competition. “Our junior section has created a good base to bring people through, which is why I think we now have so many teams.”
Newly-promoted Burwell will be looking to leave their mark on Division One this term, while Jetts hope to build on clinching last year’s Zena’s League — a division for under-14s — with nine wins from nine.
Stow Fusion, Breckland C, Priors D, Bardwell and Wattisham Blades have all joined the league this year, with the latter set up to bring together forces wives and other people affiliated with Wattisham Station.
A number of the players had not played since their school days, but took up Back 2 Netball sessions from the England Netball Association to help them relearn the sport.
Emma Eveleigh, who plays in defence for the Blades, said: “Due to our lifestyle, our team is ever changing with familiar faces moving on and new faces coming in, or people taking breaks as they struggle to find childcare when their partners are away on deployments to Afghanistan or exercises all over the world.
“We have to be well prepared for all situations as forces life often dictates last-minute changes in plans, meaning our team has to pull together to accommodate these and help each other out.”