Gateshead Girls United
This year finally saw an all girls football tournament organised by Gateshead Council in which years 4-6 would take part in three 5-aside tournaments over the three terms of the school year.
Mr Hodgson took the girls to Whickham Fellside Football Club for the first tournament back in November as I was covering year ¾ for Miss Johnson. The girls came back with three wins and a defeat in their very first tournament, playing some great attacking football, scoring lots of goals and finishing second within their group.
In March I took the girls to Gateshead Rutherford Football Club for the second instalment of the tournament. Again the girls played fantastic football and came away with three wins and a defeat again. The defeat was very hard to take for the girls because we were camped in South Street’s half for 95% of the game but just couldn’t find the back of the net. South Street nicked the win from under our noses and pipped us to the post and topped our group which they really didn’t deserve.
Last Friday we travelled down the road to Swalwell Football Club for the last tournament. We were pitted in the second group with Dunston Hill B, Greenside, Chopwell and South Street. We were to play our games on two different pitches, one on the grass and the other on astro-turf. This was to be our day!
In the very first game we played some absolutely magnificent football and beat Dunston Hill B team 8-0 on the grass pitch. Our next two fixtures were on the astro-turf which was to be a lot trickier as it was very slippery. We won both games beating Greenside 1-0 and Chopwell 4-0 respectfully. In the last game we moved back on to the grass to play our nemesis South Street which was to be a winner takes all tie to finish top of the table. This game was very much like the one we played against them in the second tournament, we were again camped in their half of the pitch and again we couldn’t find the back of the net, but we kept a clean sheet and didn’t concede a goal and never looked likely to. As I said this was to be our day and we topped our group with three wins and a draw. We scored thirteen goals and didn’t concede a single goal. I can’t give the girls enough credit, not for just this tournament but for all three. They played fantastic attacking football, they listened, they worked as a team and for each other, they had a winning mentality and they really enjoyed playing. I am very proud to have been involved to watch these girls play with a smile on their faces. Over the three tournaments they won nine games, drew one and lost two.
So Lillie Armstrong, Lydia Tan, Olivia Potter, Chloe Wigham, Libby Dolan and Rae McCord you can be immensely proud of yourselves, you were an absolute pleasure to take to these tournaments and to represent our school.