21st May 2020

Under 14 Sharks Awards

Here are the 2019/20 season awards for the Under 14 Sharks.

Players Player Nell Priestly Nell has performed consistently at a high level in all of our matches this year. She has played a key role in defence and shut out the best of attackers and has more recently moved into midfield tirelessly working from box to box.
Coaches Player Kitty Whittam  Although as coaches we don’t like to single our girls out for awards we clearly had to make an exception this year. As we started the year without a goalkeeper Kitty stepped up and played a number of times in goal. Not only has she stepped up to fill the gap but she has done it with commitment and enthusiasm and has often been the player of the match. We played a friendly against Laurel Park and their coach presented Kitty with a medal citing her outstanding display in goal.
Most Improved Player Lulu Rowley  Lulu maybe one of the smaller members of the squad but this doesn’t affect her determination and aggression to succeed. Lulu has always had good technical skills and this year she has started to add purpose to the application of these skills with assists and goals. More recently she has added more aggression to her game both in the defensive and offensive part of her game.

Season Summary: This year started with a transition to 11 a side and the loss of some key players including our goalkeeper and top scorer. We also introduced a number of players from our development squad from last year into the playing squad for this season. It is fair to say that all of these factors contributed to us struggling to compete in the league. This however, never dampened the girls’ enthusiasm for the game, always picking themselves up and having another go.

Training attendance is always high and always ends with disappointment that they can’t carry on for longer. As coaches we tried to focus on performance rather than the score. We hoped that if we could see improvements both individually and as a team, week on week, the results would come. It was clear that just before the season was halted, we were starting to turn the corner and were becoming much more competitive. We last played some teams at the top of the table and gave them a good run for their money.

I am convinced that the progress we made this year will stand us in good stead for next year when we will hopefully resume to some level of normality. I would like to thank my fellow coaches Andy Whittam and Iain Priestly to running exciting training sessions, taking the lead coach role on match days and always encouraging the girls to reach their potential. I would also like to thank the parents for supporting the girls and the coaches throughout the season.

One final mention to all the girls. You have been a pleasure to coach this year and your attitude to the game makes us all very proud. I am really looking forward to seeing you all next season to see how far we can go.