SHS Football Team Continue to Dominate
Last year was an exceptional one for the U18 girls’ football team, with victories in both the Midlands Cup and the ISFA National Cup for the first time. When the new season started in September, the girls knew that they would have to live up to the standard of their predecessors and were therefore facing quite a challenge. A challenge that was addressed in quite some fashion since the girls have once again surpassed themselves to reach the National Cup Final and will have the opportunity to defend their title against ACS Cobham (Surrey), the very same team they overcame 2-0 in last year’s final. The final will be played at the home of Arsenal Ladies on Tuesday 30th April.
The semi-final saw them dispose of Welbeck Defence College 6-0 with a hat-trick from Abbie Brewin, who was, as usual, pulling the strings in midfield.
Captain Genny Peck said after the game: “We were all expecting a difficult game, so we were assertive from start to finish, fighting to win the ball back, which allowed us to score early on and continue to attack throughout.”
Confidence is at its pinnacle and the team is in very good spirits after retaining the Midlands Cup with wins against Repton, Uppingham, Oakham, Welbeck, and a draw against Loughborough.
This year the team has scored a staggering 84 goals so far, with Abbie Brewin scoring 37 of them, proving how influential she is in the team. 7 of the girls have been selected to represent the Midlands in the forthcoming ISFA Regional Representative Tournament (Hannah Brewis, Abbie Brewin, Rachel Burgon, Genny Peck, Beth Carnegie, Beth Pinder and Charlotte Spice), with two of them also being picked up for the ISFA England team (Abbie Brewin and Hannah Brewis).
Fabrice Vié, the SHS and Midlands team coach, said: “This team is special, they have grown in confidence and strength throughout the season and they have been able to raise their game when needed. They all work hard for each other and deserve enormous praise and credit for their success.”