Friday 15th May 2020 (Match Date)
SWLFC U9’s 2019/20 season review:
Here is the latest season review, thanks to Darren for the review and the parents for the photos and video review of our youngest superstars season....
We started the season with a new set of players Sam, Isabelle, Ava, Miya, Evie, Zoe and Evie. Despite only training together for a few weeks we attended the Wickersley tournament and we performed well and above what I or anybody else expected. We then had a few preseason friendlies away to Bramley and Dronfield where good performances were not reflected in the results. We then unfortunately lost one player Evie who had to move back to Liverpool but she was quickly replaced by three quality players Lily, Ruby and Gracie.
We then started the season and the performances started to match results as the girls started to bond and the hard work they put in in training really started to show. The girls were giving teams really good games and results started to show.
We then entered the cup part of the season and secured two big wins 9-1 v Crosspool and 10-2 v Penistone in the group stage of the cup, this despite rotating girls in most positions to try and avoid the scoreline getting out of hand. These two results meant progressing to the hardest part of the cup competition. Then came at the start of the new year possibly one of our few off days where in the quarter final of the cup we lost 7-3 at home to a very good Handsworth team which was hard to take but was also a good learning opportunity for everyone.
We finished the season with some fantastic performances where the football being played was amazing and quite a challenge to keep scorelines to respectable level. I thank all the parents and players for bearing with me as my training methods and selection choices may not be to everyone's liking and I would especially like to thank John and Melissa for all the hard work in helping me and the girls at matches and training. I finish this by saying a few words about each girl.
Ava – Ava has made so much progress over the last year and possibly run more miles than any other player in the league. She is so mature for her age and is like having another coach on the team with the help.
Lily – Lily has so much energy and ability it’s unreal. If I could harness her energy we could power the national grid. She is also so positive and can play every position on the field.
Evie – Evie is possibly the most technically gifted player we have and is also very unassuming. She is a Paul Scholes type of player, does everything quietly and normally perfect.
Miya – Miya is the X-Factor in the team, if she wants to play she is like Messi. When she runs at players she is breath-taking and they haven’t a clue how to deal with her.
Gracie – Gracie has come on leaps and bounds over this season from being a player who struggled to being key part of the team. She normally plays in defence and teams very rarely get past her, but she has also been known to play up front and score the odd goal.
Sam – Sam is one the youngest players in the squad but despite her small stature she has the heart of a lion which she has shown especially in scoring some crucial goals. Her work rate is amazing and her running off the ball is fantastic.
Zoe – Zoe for a lot of the season has played in the goal and despite not enjoying it she has shown a lot of ability. This is possibly because she is the also the fearless player and this is shown when she comes out and plays in defence.
Isabelle – Isabelle is another player who can play every position to a very high standard. She is a real team player and If the team needs a position covering she always steps up to the mark for the team.
Ruby – Ruby is really young member of our squad and despite joining the team last she has really started to catch the girls up ability wise and is never afraid to try a new position and give it her all. She is a pleasure to coach as she is always smiling.
John (coach)– John started to help part way through the season and I don’t think he realises the positive effect he has on the girls and how much he has helped improve every girl on the team.
Melissa (coach) – Melissa has contributed so much to the girls and I know it has been hard as she had to balance her own football career and helping our team. She doesn’t realise how much the girls look up to her and how much someone like her influences each and everone of them.
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