Back in September 2012 Washington AFC set out on starting a Senior Womens team for the Club so our current young players could continue to play football after the age of 18. This was certainly a challenge, within a month of the league commencing the Club had their first Senior Ladies team playing against Consett.
A result everyone would want to forgot the Ladies got a hammering 27-0 on 28/10/2012. As the 2012/13 season progressed players left and new players joined the Club, the team struggled twice to get a team out which resulted in the game being awarded to the other teams. Often the Ladies played with 8 or 9 players, otherwise cancelling would mean it was a sign of giving up! By the end of the 2012/13 the Ladies never won a game from 22 games, scored 6 and conceded 203 goals. The biggest crowd was 2 it would have been more if we had subs!
The start of 2013/14 season the girls were on a high after a good pre season and new players joining us. The opening game of the season was against Consett who thrashed the Ladies 27-0 on our first competitive game. Certainly a lot better but the team still got beat 12-0. The Ladies first win ever continued through the season.
Every week the Ladies trained and played even though they were still getting beat week in week out and how can anyone give up a group of Ladies with that attitude and walk away? Coaching is a challenge! Everyone wants the best players to win games, but to me (and it always has been) its about developing, improving players technical ability, understanding of the game and changing their attitudes.
The development of the players and the team could be seen over the course of the season even when we played Consett again this season this only getting beat 6-0 and it was 1-0 with 20 mins to go. This was down to the Ladies being hungover off the night before!
However Wednesday 9th April after a total of 38 games, 28 goals scored, 298 goals conceded the girls finally got their first deserved win 3-1. A performance from start to finish which was exceptional from all the 11 players, the passing, movement on and off the ball, desire to win the ball, the passion to win the Ladies were a credit to themselves for believing that they could not only perform but win.
Well done to the girls past and present for sticking by the team and tonight was the biggest crowd 10+
Let's hope the development and performance continues, for me that is coaching! Two games left to the end of the season and the future looks good for girls at Washington AFC
Come on the Washy!!!
There is a meeting for the Club's Presentation night on Thursday 10th April 8.30pm at Biddick Pub.
The Club require one volunteer from each team to assist with the presentation night. So far the following people are interested in supporting the event:
Womens: Tina Reed, Mary Ashley
Under 15 Girls: Beth Jones
Under 14 Pumas: Chris Ridley
Under 10s Pumas: Darren Ward
Under 9 Tigers: Louise Thompson (U11 & 5) & Claire Addison ,
Under 7 Lions: Sam Hardy
Under 5: John Brundle