Newsletter is late this week because I was playing football all weekend. If you are HORRIFIED by this lateness why not join the committee as comms sec? You'd be so good at this!
New Sunday league: buy in Store from tomorrow
Committee update: join us!
Player Shout Outs
You will be able to buy entrance to the new Sunday league from tomorrow morning. We are entering a beginners team, one intermediate team and 2 advanced teams. Unfortunately Stacey was not able to accommodate a third advanced team so we will cap the number of players joining the Advanced Sunday league to 32 (2 teams of 16 assuming approx. 50% attendance). Buy it first to ensure you can join!
We will organise kickarounds / derbies if the waitlists are too long.
We are still looking for a league manager for this league - if you're interested, you get a guaranteed place each week and free entry to the league. Let Paula or Martha know.
COMMITTEE UPDATE: JOIN US
Our wonderful social secs Ellen & Katherine are stepping down from the committee after almost 2 years and just over a year respectively. Please give them a massive thank you when you see them!
It means we're looking for 2 new social secs. The roles will be uploaded shortly. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested. We'd love to have you and with all the fun committee socials we have planned, you'll love to be a part of it.
Player of the match last Tuesday was the fabulous Chloe for working extremely hard to secure a 2-2 draw against a tough opposition! She didn't want a picture so here's the rest of the team looking cute
SATURDAY 11s (words by hat-trick hero River)
On Saturday the Very Experienced 11s side faced off against friendly rivals Clapton CFC in the first round of the CWSFL Premier Division Cup Tournament. Lead by skipper Anna Trench, GDFC put everything on the line in a match described by players on both sides as "something people would pay to watch". It was a match that contained moments of amazing quality from both sides, wonderful sportspersonship, and exciting end to end football. GDFC came back from a 2 goal deficit to lead 3-2 with 25 minutes remaining, but conceded a goal and a penalty in a match that was ultimately decided in the last 2 minutes of play, ending with a 4-3 result to Clapton. Despite the result, the team had so much to be proud of, especially the Experienced 11s players who stepped up to fill in gaps in the roster and new player Saba who made their mark on the midfield with amazing footwork despite sub-par pitch conditions. Captain Anna's Player of the Match was striker River Honer who scored a hat trick. Manager River's Player of the Match went to keeper Paula Griffen who's critical saves kept GDFC in the game. In 2 weeks the Very Experienced 11s side has their last match of the season against Camden Eagles at 11AM on Clapham Common, so make sure to sign up if you play in that league, or come and support the team and join us for an end of season pint or two after the match.
Directly following the cup game, the Experienced 11s team faced off against Brazuka Reserves. Considering that many of GDFC's players in this match had just played in the previous game against Clapton, the
team put up a great fight, especially in the second half where they conceded no goals. As with every Goal Diggers loss: The result didn't reflect the way the team played. This was especially true on Saturday
considering that no goals were conceded in open play, only in set pieces and one very unfortunate and unavoidable hand ball that lead to a penalty. Despite the 3-0 loss, GDFC had moments of attacking beauty with glorious synergy and incredible progressive play from wing back Siobáhn Terry. Siobáhn won the honour of Supporters Player of the Match due to her incredible forward drives from the left back position in to Brazuka's defensive end, creating attacking opportunities and stunning the crowd with her ability to hold the ball under pressure. Captain Annie's Player of the Match was Ally Temple who had just put everything on the line in the previous game and dug deep to put in an incredible shift in this one.
Big shout out to Adday for the debut and the banana bread!
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CAMDEN BELLS TOURNAMENT
Well done to Charlotte on being Captain Olivia's POTM for the beginners team. We were unlucky not to get through with one loss and two draws but it was a great first tourney for lots of our players!
Congrats to the Intermediate team for coming second in their tournament! A great result!
Sunday kickaround was colourful and fun! Players of each team were Hope, Millie, Emma and Kim. Join us this Sunday for more!