Belmont Wanderers Football Club

Smiles all Round at the Sue Parry Tournament

Mark Beavan

Today we saw four teams take part in the annual Sue Parry tournament at the Leisure centre, an event put on by St Michaels Hospice to raise funds and remember Sue Parry,  Sue was a patient at St Michael’s Hospice – unfortunately passing away, aged just 24, in 1999. It was nice to see teams of all ages doing their part to raise money and awareness for such a great cause.

Our club went in full force, fielding a mix of new talent and experienced players, submitting two teams for the under 10s category and the under 12s category. The under 10s consisted of:

Lads Club Warriors (Boys)
Lads club Pumas U10
Lads Club Vixens
Belmont Wanderers Juniors
Belmont Wanderers

The under 12s:

Lads Club Vixens 1
Lads Club Vixens 2
Leominster Minions
Belmont Wanderers
Belmont Wanderers Juniors

As always it was great to see the girls taking part and enjoying everything they do, there seems to be a network of coaches, clubs and parents that share a massive passion for developing girls football. Whether we like to admit it or not, fundamentally football is still competitive, however watching the sportsmanship shown by each club sometimes its easy to forget, this just demonstrates the shared ethos from all to develop the right standard of girls football.

Our under 12s done very well holding their own against some tough sides, Lads Club taking both 1st and 2nd spots, well done to them. However some kudos has to go to Leominster and our own teams, speaking to parents from other sides comments were made on how well they performed and how much they are improving. Keep it up girls!! Personally the highlight was seeing our own teams play each other, just cracking fun, their was even a bit of rivalry between coaches (he types with gritted teeth), the match being decided by 1 goal.

The under 1os played their hearts out, we put forward a development side which are new girls and girls coming up from under 8s. If there was an award for a team that showed the most team spirit it would go to them, they were playing some tough girls, it didn’t phase them once still coming off the pitch smiling.  This team will be one to watch over the next couple of seasons!!

The most exciting part of the day, maybe inspired by the Lionesses getting bronze in the world cup, was too see our other under 10s team get the first silverware for Belmont Wanderers Girls. They only just lost to the boys, who they drew against when playing them. Not only did they do well they managed to do it without conceding any goals. This will be a massive confidence boost not only for the girls playing but any others involved in the club, with hard work, persistence and good coaching positive things will happen. A big well done to them, from all at the club!!

Overall as always everyone deserves a massive pat on the back – keep it up. #WeCanPlay

To see some photos provided by Asia Piwien click here

Or some other photos by Mark Beavan click here

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