Following wir very successful meeting last night here’s where we’re at.
We’re going to Gramsbergen next June so start saving lasses! It’s a fantastic weekend, it’s open to anyone who wants to go, will cost max £400 in total and did I mention that it’s fantastic weekend ?
We’re going to the Island Games in June 2015!!! So start a regular savings standing order, this can be done through the club if you like as this has been where it’s gone wrong for us in previous attempts to go to the Island Games as not enough players had the savings to pay the deposits. We’ve almost two years to prepare for this so don’t think ‘I’ll never make the team so what’s the point’, it could be that another player hasn’t been saving and can’t afford to go but as you’d been saving you are able to go!!!
I’ve sent in the form to book the Scalloway Games hall Starting Sunday 13th October, 7 – 9pm for wir winter indoor 5 a side league, this was really good last year so let’s build on that.
The next trip to Inverness is looking like either 2nd or 9th November, will hopefully get that confirmed early next week.
We’ll need to have an AGM very soon, we have someone in mind for Chairperson so all we need is another couple of office bearers, there’s not going to be much involved in this so hopefully we can get ourselves organised again.
We need to attract more players, of all age groups and ability, as we want to get back to playing some league football next year, so come on lasses get in touch and give the fitba a go it’s great fun and will get you fit
JohnFootball, General, Girls Football, Ladies Football
Shetland Ladies welcomed Orkney Ladies to a sunny but blustery Gilbertson park for the 8th annual Intercounty match.
The hosts got an early breakthrough with barely 5 minutes on the clock when holding midfielder Stacey Laurenson found herself in space and unleashed a stunning 30 yard drive which flew over the keeper into the net. Orkney responded by sending waves of attack through the middle of the park but the well marshalled defence of Rhea Nicolson, Carrie Morrison, Debbie Sneddon and Andrea Henderson dealt with everything leaving keeper Sarah Couper little to do. With the stiff cross wind forcing play onto the Shetland right Victoria Duthie was seeing a lot of the ball and linking up well with the forward line of Jessica Bradley and Emma Gray. Over on the left wing Karen Jarvie was finding plenty space when the ball was played short from the keeper through Henderson to allow her to use her skill to create something from the left. Although Shetland were seeing plenty of the ball there were few clear chances, the best came with almost 40 minutes gone when Victoria cut in from the right and fired a shot just over the bar. However just as the half time sweeties beckoned Jessica won the ball on the half way line, beat a couple of defenders and homed in on goal but the keeper came off her line smartly to send her away from goal and just as it looked like the chance may be going Emma came in from the left at the perfect angle so Jessica unselfishly shouted ‘hit it Emma!’ and she coolly side footed the ball into the net to open her account and send Shetland into the half time break 2-0 up.
There were a couple of changes made at half time with Victoria and Karen, who had both put in a tremendous shift on the wings, given a rest and on came Zoe Irvine and Toni Sidgwick. Shetland started the half quite well playing the ball down both wings and creating openings for the forwards. The visitors had a good spell of pressure early on in the half forcing a series of corners from both sides but they could find no way through the well organised Shetland defence. Toni and Jessica were working well together down the right, their pace and direct running was causing concern and forcing the Orkney defence to sit deep. This left space at the edge of the box and both Abbey Irvine and Emma had shots that went narrowly wide. Shetland were pushing up the park and holding a high line which left them susceptible to the long ball but Debbie and Rhea showed terrific attitude to chase back, this, along with Carrie’s impeccable timing in her tackles, meant that Sarah was still rarely troubled. There followed a frantic 10 minutes beginning with Emma getting the ball beating two defenders and placing the ball beyond the keeper for Shetlands third, followed by an Orkney break up the park leading to a well taken goal from Ruth Pottinger, finally Andrea got the ball on the half way line, saw space open up in front of her and drove forward firing in a peach of a shot from 25 yards to kill off any hope of an Orkney revival. With about 10 minutes to go Jessica, who has put in an impressive amount of work up front, was given a rest to make way for Aleisha Devine making her competitive home debut. With the team 4-1 up in the dying minutes it would have been easy to adopt a ‘what we have we hold’ attitude and just see the game out but Toni had other ideas, receiving the ball on the right wing she jinked past a couple of challenges, got into the box and put a very composed finish past the keeper. This still wasn’t end of the action as Shetland forced a corner deep into stoppage time which Aleisha fired into the box and the Orkney defence cleared but by now Referee David Mouat had seen enough and brought proceedings to a close, which started the champagne corks popping on the Shetland bench.
This was a very composed and professional performance from the Shetland team; all the hard work that they’ve put in over the past months was very evident today. Sarah Couper in goals remained focused and sharp all game despite not having much to do for long periods. The back four were terrific they held their shape, tracked back and never shirked a tackle. The work rate from midfield was impressive, ‘da Gibby’ is a big park but our midfield made it look small. Our forwards are consistently on the score sheet which shows that productive partnerships are forming. This is a team going places!
We’d like to thank Orkney WFC for coming up in good numbers and giving us a really tough challenge, we’d also like to thank Susan Anderson from our sponsors Allied Taxis for presenting the Mitchell Shield to Club Captain Emma Gray.
Back Row left to right:
Victoria Duthie, Carrie Morrison, Rhea Nicolson, Abbey Irvine, Sarah Couper, Emma Gray(c), Andrea Henderson, Aleisha Devine, Elyse Miller
Front Row left to right
Stacey Laurenson, Zoe Irvine, Karen Jarvie, Debbie Sneddon, Toni Sidgwick, Rheo Laurenson, Maria Simpson, Jessica Bradley
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Shetland Women’s FC Highlands & Islands Football Tournament, Highland Football Academy, Dingwall, Saturday 22nd June 2013
Shetland Women’s FC made the long trek to Dingwall to take part in our First Highlands & Islands Football Tournament, competing against the well kent in Orkney, the relatively unknown in Inverness Thistle and Caithness Ladies to the highly rated Lewis Ladies. As with all away trips a 14hr ferry journey followed by 3hrs on the train is hardly the best preparation but that was put to the back of our mind when we arrived at the superb Highland Football Academy in Dingwall. The format for the tournament was a round-robin competition with each team playing two 9-a-side games on the indoor 3G pitch and two 11-a-side games on the outdoor grass pitch with each game being 30 minutes long.
First up for Shetland was a 7 goal thriller against Inverness Thistle Ladies on the indoor 3G
Shetland got of to a cracking start with 4 minutes on the watch when an out-swinging Andrea Henderson free kick saw Emma Gray rise like a salmon and bullet a header past the keeper. Inverness equalised shortly after through some persistent play and then quickly took the lead following a momentary lapse in concentration from the Shetland defence. To their credit the Shetland lasses never let their heads go down and they pulled it back on 12 minutes when some committed defending from Elyse Miller at left back saw the ball break to Emma who powered her way past the defence to put Shetland level. The status quo didn’t last long however as Inverness headed home number three shortly before the half time switch around.
A change was made at half time with Aleisha Devine given a rest and Abbey Irvine dropping back to midfield to allow the welcome return to football of Maria Simpson up front. Parity was restored just seconds into the half when Shetland were awarded a free kick which Emma expertly dispatched. Inverness almost snatched it back mid way through the half when a shot that looked net bound was met by Sarah Couper who flew across her goal to palm the ball wide for a corner, a ‘one for the camera’ if there ever was one! The persistence of Stacey Laurenson who was playing a stormer in centre midfield was rewarded when she won the ball and played Emma through to score her fourth and set up a thrilling climax to the game which saw both teams throwing everything at it to try and get something from the game but Shetland held firm to claim their first victory.
Shetland (4) v (3) Inverness Thistle Ladies
Scorer for Shetland, E Gray (4)
As all our games were back to back it was straight outside to face Orkney on the grass pitch in what was to be a disappointing encounter and one in which Shetland seemed to play the occasion rather than the game.
It was an unfamiliar line up with Sarah Couper in goal, Rhea Nicolson and Andrea at centre half, Elyse left back, young Rheo Laurenson making her debut at right back, Stacey holding midfield with Aleisha left wing and Toni Sidgwick right wing, Abbey playing just behind Emma and Maria up front. It soon became clear that there was no way through Orkney’s large and physical centre midfield so it was left to the speed and skill of Aleisha and Toni on the wings to make things happen and although they put a good shift in there was very few chances created.
The breakthrough for Orkney came after 10 minutes when a free kick was conceded 20 yards out and the ball was hammered through a rather flimsy wall past the unsighted Couper. Late on in the game Shetland forced a succession of corners and despite varying the delivery the Orkney keeper was rarely troubled. This was about as good as it got for a somewhat subdued Shetland who just had to put this one to bed and move on.
Shetland (0) v (1) Orkney
Next for Shetland was Caithness Ladies in what was to be a bruising encounter against a team who’s motto seemed to be ‘Thou shall not pass’.
Once the game kicked off Shetland looked to have shrugged off the the previous lacklustre performance and were knocking the ball about quite well but pretty much every move seemed to end in a Shetland player being chopped down in a succession of crude tackles. With 7 minutes gone Emma worked an opening and was clean through on goal only to be completely wiped out by a ‘tackle’ from behind with no attempt made to play the ball, this left Emma visibly concussed but she recovered enough to score the resultant penalty. Little has been said about the Shetland back four but that’s because they just dealt with anything that came near them without fuss or drama and it was really encouraging to see Rhea take the ball out of defence and drive through the midfield.
Toni was enjoying some freedom on the right wing and she had the Caithness defender in her back pocket but again was the victim of some crude challenges the worst of which was a midfielder coming flying in at an angle from behind and going right through her, no where near the ball, studs right on the ankle bone. It was clear that Shetland were the better team and could or should have scored more but getting through the rest of the game as unscathed as possible became the priority and it was a relief when the ref blew for full time.
How this game finished 11 v 11 is beyond me as the tackle on Emma was as clear a red as you’ll get and some of the tackles on Toni could also have justified a sending off, we’ve no wish to see players sent off but the laws of the game are there for a reason and that reason is to protect the players.
Shetland (1) v (0) Caithness Ladies
Scorer for Shetland E Gray (pen)
Shetlands last game was against tournament favorites Lewis Ladies, who’d played 3 won 3, on the indoor 3G pitch, and with Emma still visibly concussed and Toni barely able to walk this was going to be some ask! Turned out to be a right cracker…
Shetland started the game with the same 9 that had opened the tournament against Inverness but it soon became clear that Toni wasn’t going to be able to continue so Maria came on in the centre of midfield. It also soon became clear the Lewis were a very good side, their passing and movement was was very good to watch and they were a threat from anywhere. The Shetland lasses had found another gear from somewhere and were giving Lewis no time on the ball which made for a very enjoyable game to watch. Chances for Shetland were few but Abbey and Emma were getting stuck in getting a few shots on target, with such sustained pressure you felt that a goal was coming for Lewis but nobody had told that to Aleisha, Maria and Stacey in midfield who were blocking just about everything, the closest Lewis came was a shot from outside the box which crashed off the crossbar. With 10 minutes to go Shetland made a change with Aleisha given a rest and the impressive Rheo on in her place. As the game was drawing to a close Shetland were daring to think that there might just be something in this for them when the inevitable happened and a snap shot from outside the box evaded Andrea’s outstretched leg and Sarah’s glove to go in off the inside of the post with 2 minutes to go. Again Shetland hadn’t read the script and pushed forward, with one minute to go Maria was fouled on the right hand side of the pitch just outside the box, up steps left footer Andrea who curled a superb free kick into the top corner, one that Andreas Pirlo would have been proud off, keepers just don’t save these such was the quality. Cue wild celebration from the Shetland team and a nervy last minute but when the ref signalled time Shetland had done what no other team could do and taken a point off and scored a goal against tournament winners Lewis Ladies
Shetland (1) v (1) Lewis Ladies
Scorer for Shetland A Henderson
All and all a very successful trip for Shetland, main positives being the three under 18′s, Aleisha Devine, Rhea Nicolson and Rheo Laurenson who grew into the team as the tournament progressed, scoring goals again is always good, the work-rate, attitude and team spirit was fantastic. Player of the tournament? Well, Shetland had 11 of them out there, everyone gave their all and then some. The only downside was the needless injuries suffered but these should clear up, although it was a fairly creaky looking 11 that came off the train at Aberdeen.
Lastly a word about the superb indoor facility at the Highland Football Academy, speaking to staff there who told us it’s used constantly, day and night all year round and it still looks brand new. Football in Shetland would improve greatly if we had a similar facility here.
Shetland Women’s FC would like to thank Serco NorthLink and Allied Taxis for their continued support.
Back row, left to right: Andrea Henderson, Rhea Nicolson, Toni Sidgwick, Elyse Miller, Stacey Laurenson, Emma Gray, Aleisha Devine
Front row, left to right: Maria Simpson, Abbey Irvine, Rheo Laurenson, Sarah Couper
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5 a sides tonight (Sunday 31st March), 6-8pm Scalloway Games hall, thanks to Emma for keeping the scores last week.
I’ll take Sponsorship forms for the fundraiser, which is this coming Friday! I ken it’s short notice but we’re used to that by now!
What we’re doing is like the Olympic flame thing but with a ball, starting at Unst, through Yell and onto Lerwick for the NorthLink ferry to Orkney, through Caithness, Inverness, Dingwall, Ullapool and ending up in Lewis, brief ferry timings for the Shetland leg below:
Get to Baltasound and start the ball’s epic journey from Scotland’s most northerly football pitch.
Onward travel to meet the NorthLink ferry for a 17:30 departure to Orkney.
I’ll sort out permission from the SIC Ferries for taking pictures, etc. Finella has been in touch with NorthLink but I’ll get confirmation that all is okay with them.
The point of this is to raise some funds but also to highlight the geographical challenges we face in the Highlands & Islands just to get a game of fitba!
This will mean committing most of Friday but if we can swap a shift, get a day off, whatever, it’ll be worth it.Ladies Football
Right Lasses now that I’m back from snowy Serbia we need to get moving on this fundraiser for the Tournaments that are fast approaching!
Email below from Finella:
HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS EPIC WOMEN’S FOOTBALL FUNDRAISER
On Friday the 5th of April four women’s football clubs from around the Highlands and Islands will begin an epic fundraiser to raise money for Highlands and Islands Women’s Football Tournaments.
The fundraiser will see a football travel over 400 miles from Unst , the most northerly island in Shetland, down through Shetland, onto Orkney and Caithness, before crossing the Minch from Ullapool to Stronoway.
The Clubs from Shetland, Orkney, Caithness and Lewis will run the ball in an Olympic torch, relay style through their own respective areas before passing it on to be transported to the next Club.
Clubs will use this epic event to raise funds through sponsorship. These funds will assist clubs in travelling to four Highlands and Islands Women’s Tournaments which will be held at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall over the summer season.
Finella Annand, of the Scottish FA, who has organised the event said;
“It is a great way not only to raise funds for the clubs but also to raise awareness to the geographical barriers teams from remote areas of the Highlands and Islands face. All the clubs dedication and attitude to developing women’s football has been fantastic and hopefully this fundraiser can help them financially when travelling to tournaments this
year. The tournaments are important as they allow Clubs to play competitive 11-aside football which any team knows is important to individual and collective development”
Now that we’re starting to get somewhere with the fitba, how about we get together and have a proper meeting as there are some things we need to discuss, we’ve got some money coming is so we could hire a room in Islesburgh for an hour? This wouldn’t be to look for people to take responsibility for anything, just to get opinions on things that are, or may, be happening. Shall we provisionally go for Tuesday 26th Feb 7pm and I’ll be happy to chair this meeting? Could do with as many opinions as possible, so please clear your diary or suggest a more suitable time? This will be open to anyone interested in giving their opinion, or anyone who wants to find out more about what’s happening in Girls/Women’s football in Shetland.
Things to discuss:
Gramsbergen (urgently, or I’ll have to cancel our invitation and we’ll loose our free chalet!)
Highlands & Islands tournaments, fundraising, hosting a tournament here, etc.
How Women’s football here is going to fit in with the proposed Shetland Football restructure.
Island Games (Jersey 2015)
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Remember the 5 a side league starts this Sunday, 6-8pm at Scalloway Games Hall, come along on the night to give it a go! We want this to be as enjoyable as possible so there will be experienced players available to help your team, it’s not in anyone’s interest to have weak or inexperienced teams or, indeed, very strong teams, we want every team to have a chance of winning their gameFootball, Girls Football, Ladies Football
5 a sides resume tomorrow ladies! (Sunday 13th) 6pm at Gilbertson games hall. Remember the new indoor 5 a side league begins on Sunday 3rd February 6pm at Scalloway games hall, still time to get a team together or get in touch and we’ll find a team for you.Football, Girls Football, Ladies Football
For some time now we’ve been looking into getting a new strip to replace the old one which has seen better days, and extensive trawling of the internet has led us to go for a Puma kit. Puma also do a range of training wear which look really smart and has generated quite a bit of interest from players so we’re looking to put in an order for the items in the attached document (those going on the Gramsbergen trip are getting a tshirt as part of this)
Terms & Conditions
The attached prices are for at least 7 of any particular item, if we order less than 7 it’ll cost more
Delivery is £20 per order so the more we order the cheaper it’ll be in total
You can order whatever you want on the attached document and as many of them as you want
Payment is strictly cash up front before the order is accepted
The sizes are mens sizes from XXSmall to XXLarge
The order will be placed on Tuesday 8th May and no exceptions will be made
So if you want to be the best looking team bar none, dig deep in that purse and get yourself kitted out in some top quality gear!
Where – Kirkwall
When – Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th September
Preparations are underway for the annual Intercounty, we’re hoping to have a full ‘A’ and ‘B’ squad traveling and we’ll be staying in the Orcades Hostel in Kirkwall.
This year we’ll have to raise our game somewhat if we want to get anything from our trip to Orkney, so we’ve started in plenty of time by having an informal kick about at Clickimin Kick-about area every Sunday at 6pm (£1 towards club funds please) Outdoor training will commence on Tuesday 17th April 6pm at Clickimin Kick-about area (again £1 towards club funds please) and will run right up until the Intercounty. These are open to any interested female players regardless of perceived ability, so please feel free to come along and have a go, if the Intercounty’s not for you then you’re still more than welcome to come along.
We are conscious of the fact that Orkney, to their credit, are training and playing regularly which has made them a greatly improved outfit compared with what we’ve been used to in the past. We, on the other hand, have barely kicked a ball since since our last Scottish Cup action 3 years ago and last years ‘B’ team defeat should have given us the wake up call we needed to make us realise that the days of ‘turn up and win’ are long gone.
With this in mind we now realise that there needs to be fundamental changes to the local football before we can even think about County level. We need to have some regular football being played, initial thoughts are to occasionally book a pitch and make two even teams from those that come along? but perhaps you have an idea/opinion on how to stimulate some interest? If so please get in touch. It needs to be much more incumbent on players to turn up for training/games as squads will be selected from those attending training/games and not on what you did 3 years ago! We appreciate that work/family/education commitments will be an issue but where there’s a will there’s a way and the Intercounty is nearly 6 months away so the time is there. Indications are that there is some strong interest from a core group of experienced players which is encouraging, there’s plans being discussed regarding fundraising towards getting a new strip and trying to attract a sponsor so there is hope for the future.
Derrick and John will be running regular training sessions every Tuesday evening, there’s the informal kick about on Sundays and we’ll be arranging games in the build up to the Intercounty so there’s ample chances to get some game time in. Our feeling is that if attendances at training are consistently poor and/or we can’t get at least 22 players to turn up for some semi-regular games then we will not be sending a team to Orkney to contest the Intercounty and we really don’t want that to happen.Football, Ladies Football