Pilgrims' boss vows to fight for league title
CITY netball supremo Sue Gullick has insisted her team will not give up their title without a fight.
Gullick's team, Plymouth Pilgrims, has won the Plymouth and District Netball League title 21 times – and this season are going for their 22nd.
Pilgrims, though, have been going through a shortage of experienced players, due to career or family commitments.
As a result, club coaches have been concentrating on developing their younger players to feed them through to the first team.
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The first team also plays in the Regional One league, which is one step below the level of national netball.
This season, however, Pilgrims are nearer the bottom of the division than their accustomed position towards the top.
Pilgrims' chairwoman and former head coach Gullick, however, insisted that just because the team was rebuilding, it did not mean the city side would give up on chasing for honours.
Gullick said: "The (PDNL) title is important and is a priority for us this season.
"We are using the PDNL for developing younger players.
"Yes, we are bothered about the title and we will continue to try and win it.
"But what is more important is the longevity of the club, which is why we are so keen on developing our younger players."
Gullick added: "Because we were short of experienced players for one reason or another, we always knew we were going to struggle this season.
"But we are very pleased with the ways things are going. We've asked people to step up to the plate and they have done."
Pilgrims are third bottom of Regional One after one loss, one draw and one win so far this season.
Today, they take on high-flying Team Jets.
The club's Plymouth and District side are currently top of the Premier A division after winning five from five matches.