9th May 2020

Under 10 Wookies Awards

Here are the 2019/20 season awards for the Under 10 Wookies:

Players Player Bethan Coulson Bethan is the player with the most nominations and deservedly so. She is an exceptionally talented player who is good on the ball, fast, strong and can also score goals. Bethan loves playing football, has shown great commitment to the team and is one of the best players in the U10 group so it is no surprise that everyone wants her in their team. When she is available, she is often called up to help another team and she willing does. She is well liked and modest in the way she conducts herself around her peers. Here are the words of those who nominated Bethan:  “I likes watching her skills and it is a player I look up to” ,  “she has scored in nearly every game and she always keeps going. And she is committed to the team and helping others out.”   Well done Bethan! Keep up the good work for next season.
Coaches Player Millie Barlow Millie is the only player that I find very difficult to try her in another position because she commands the “holding” defensive midfield position with such authority which is vital to how the team plays. Her ability to break up the opposition play, provide defensive cover and link defence into attack gives great confidence to the team to play with four attacking players. Her recent performances have earned her the nickname “The Boss” for bossing the midfield and frustrating the opposition’s ability to play. Millie has attended every training session and played in every game of the season. That is how committed she is. Well done Millie! Keep up the good work for next season.
Most Improved Player Ruby Skaanild Although the new players have come on by leaps and bounds, I’ve selected Ruby who is playing in her third season and it is because she has really impressed me the most with how much she has improved.  She normally likes to play in defence but is a versatile player. Having tried her in an attacking role, she has excelled in that position, contributing with some brilliantly taken goals and numerous assists. Due to her role on the pitch, I’ve had to sub her more times than the best players in the team but she never complains. As the season progressed, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to justify my action to take her off which is down to how well she has been playing lately. In training, she conducts herself very well and is not afraid to take on any challenges. She wants to take on the best players and is delighted when she beats them which is now more often than not.  Well done Ruby! Keep up the good work for next season.

Season Summary: As with all three U10 WWGFC teams, Wookies have a mix of girls from those who have been with the Club since U8’s to some playing in their first season. This though is everyone’s first to experience playing competitive football home and away in BCGFL League Friendlies and Cup competitions.

Wookies started the season with a couple of defeats but soon turned it around and embarked on an epic Cup run that saw them win every group game without conceding to reach the Final. And what a Final it was! It had everyone who were watching on the edge of their seats, well, there were no seats but you get the picture. A closely fought game added to the tension but it was Wookies who made the important break through just before half time with a brilliant counter attacking play down the right wing and rifled into the net by Bethan.  The opposition are a very strong attacking team and it took a mighty effort defensively in the second half to keep them out for the score to remain 1-0. Well done Wookies and congratulations on winning the Autumn Plate Cup!

Everyone involved with the team is immensely proud of your achievement. The Wookies celebrated their success with a team day out to Red Kangaroo in Reading. It’s also been particularly pleasing to see how the girls have enjoyed their football, regardless of the results. The “Force” in the team got stronger as the season has progressed due to the camaraderie within the group and their willingness to continue to better themselves. Every one of them deserves a special mention because they have all worked so hard in training and played fantastically well to emerge as Cup Winners.

However, I do want to say a big thank you to Captain Susie, who has led the team superbly and with such quality.  Being “stronger together” is a fitting motto and epitomises the spirit of how the team plays which is why it has been very difficult to select the individuals for the end of season Awards.