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Essex Open eager to get new season underway after lots of success last time around!

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 September 2017

Essex Open celebrate their play-off win

Essex Open celebrate their play-off win

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Essex Open are eagerly looking forward to the start of the 2017-18 season as they begin life in the Mizuno Premier League Division Three.

The first team completed a brilliant double last season, winning the Essex Met League Division One title and getting promoted in the Mizuno Premier League after the play-offs at Nottingham in May where they were unbeaten.

They begin the Met League season against local rivals Manor, while in the Mizuno Premier League, they were scheduled for the long journey to Poole.

However, it appears that Poole have withdrawn from the league and Essex now await a decision from England Netball to see if they will be replaced.

Coach Lisa Brown is optimistic about the long season ahead, saying: “We played extremely well in the play-offs and are hoping to build on this in the Premier League.

“We have a good squad and I am confident that we will be competitive in the season ahead.”

The squad will be captained by Zoie Humphrey and she can’t wait for the season to get underway, adding: “We have a good blend of experience and talented youngsters and we are looking forward to the challenge of the Premiership.”

One of the many talented youngsters is Jasmine Odeogberin, who toured New Zealand with England under-17s during the summer.

It is also a big season for the seconds who were promoted to Division One of the Essex Met League and start in the higher division with a game against fellow promoted side Romford A.

Both the third and fourth teams enjoyed great success last year, with both winning promotion from Division Five, while the fifth team remain in Division Eight despite a brilliant end to the season saw them win their last six games to finish fourth.

They will be joined in the division by the sixth team who won 13 of their 14 games last year to finish as Division Nine champions, while the sevenths open their campaign in Division Nine after being promoted from Division 10 as runners-up.

This weekend coaches Nicky and Kate Wilks take the under-16 squad to Croydon to compete in Regional League qualifiers.

In addition, Essex will also field two teams in each of the Essex Met Junior Leagues after winning all three divisions last season.


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