As mentioned, we can only take 16 players to the tournament on Saturday, and luckily I have 16 confirmed attendees! So the teams for Saturday are:
The format is 6 aside and for our age group this will be a round robin of all the U8 teams involved. I have not received a format as yet, so unsure how long this will go on for. Typically I would suggest there will be 8 teams, so 7 games of around 10 mins, with 5 min breaks between games. Estimate 1.5 to 2 hours.
We need to register the team at 1145am, so can you please aim to be at the venue for 1130am.
We are playing at:
Brockworth Albion FC
Mill Lane is off Shurdington road on the other side of the dual carriageway from the Garden Centre.
I have paid for the entry fee - £40. So could I please have the usual £2.50 match subs to cover this cost.
The children will not be allowed to play without shinpads, so these are a must. I believe we are on a grass pitch, but just in case this is on an all weather pitch, can you please bring trainers too. I will also have spare kit for those that require.
It was early August 2010 when my 2 boys asked if they could start playing for a football team, having previously been going to a football coaching set up.
I searched the net, and found a contact for Churchdown Panthers, and we got invited down to the ground for a training session, but there was no coach for the Under 8s. My youngest got under way with Dave Biddlecombe in the U7s, and my eldest joined in training with the U9s. At this point, Dave Gent introduced me to Lorne and Lana Plemel who were to take up the U8s for the coming season.
Lorne gave me a few flyers and asked if I would help out with training in the coming weeks. We duly took some flyers around the local schools.
One week later, I arrived at training. Lana told me that Lorne had been called away for work, and.................... 20 kids turned up!!!!!
My thanks are to Dave Gent at this point, who helped me out with some training routines, and we were up and running.
Our first friendly was at home against Leckhampton and we won 4-2, from being 2-0 down... all going well!! We kept up training through to December time, when Lorne was advised of his posting to Afghanistan, starting January 2011.
We have continued to grow, since starting together as a brand new team. A few players have come and gone, yet we have sustained 20+ players all season, and have 23 registered right now. We have had some ups and downs this season. Moments spring to mind like being invited to Cheltenham Town and being well beaten, to the "total football" goal scored away at Highnam, to the hammering at home by Abbeymead, to the 6-1 win at home against Swindon Village etc.
It has been quite a season, yet really enjoyable. It is remarkable the support that we have had this season. I would like to thank every parent that has stood out in the wind and rain, collected cones, constructed and destructed goals and above all supported the kids. However, special thanks need to go to Lorne and Lana Plemel (without whom we may not have got started), Dave Hunt, Dave Carter, Richard Fernandes, Lee Hanman, Gary Barnes and James Leathem-Pugh, who all have pulled on a pair of shorts at some point to help out. Thanks everyone.
Next season presents a different challenge!! At Under 9 age group, we now enter the Cheltenham Youth Football League, and play football for real :).
We have registered 2 teams for the league:
Churchdown Panthers - To be managed by me.
Churchdown Panthers Colts - To be managed by Dave Carter.
Thanks to Dave for taking up the challenge of managing a team next year, and we will both need all the coaching support as we have had this year.
A howling wind had a huge impact on a good match that was fairly well balanced.
Despite Panthers having the wind at their backs in the first period, it was Brockworth who built up the early pressure, and got the first goal of the match. Managing to find a little space on the edge of the box, one of the Albion forwards hit a great shot toward the top corner. Jazton Juico tried desperately to head it away, but couldn't quite get enough contact on the ball to turn it behind.
As Panthers began to find their feet mid way through the first period, the pressure started to build at the other end. Ben Murphy intercepted a clearance from the Albion defence, going clear on goal, and smashing it high above the keeper to level the scores.
Brockworth took advantage of the wind in the second period, which was largely played in the Panthers half. They went 2-1 up when a ball across the box was hit well, and just skipped up off the turf to beat Alex Fulford in goal. They also hit the bar from a wind assisted long range effort, and went close on a number of occasions as Panthers struggled to clear the ball into the wind. Brockworth did manage to score their 3rd, when Panthers failed to clear from a corner, however in the middle of all that, Panthers were able to get on the scoresheet themselves.
A good tackle from Shun-Ta Cheong in the right back position, then he set Ben Murphy free down the line. The ball was crossed into a packed box, with James Fernandes getting the last touch to force it over the line.
The 3rd period was the best for the Panthers, as they then took advantage of the wind. Nearly the whole 15 minutes being played in the Albion half. A number of efforts seemed to just inch wide of either post. Ethan Streatfield levelled the game at 3-3, picking up the ball 20 yards out, dribbling foward on his own and drilling the ball into the corner. Jacob Perkins then tried an audacious flick with the outside of his boot, with back to gaol, but it just rolled agonisingly wide of the post. Ben Murphy then got his 2nd of the game, running down the right wing, cutting inside and hitting a shot which bounced under the keeper, to put Panthers 4-3 up at the 3/4 mark.
It was backs to the wall again for the last period, with rare excursions into the Albion half. Brockworth had numerous chances, with one significant save from Oliver Leathem-Pugh at point blank range, and some last ditch tackles from Anna Barnes, Jazton Juico and Sam Jones, keeping Albion at bay to some extent. Unfortunately Brockworth did manage to find the net twice in this period, both from breakaways, leaving the goalkeeper exposed. The closest Panthers came in this half was a solo effort from Alex Fulford, who managed to make his own space, but pulled his shot wide of the post.
A really enjoyable game, without question affected by the wind, but really well contested and very even.
Churchdown Panthers U8s 6-1 Swindon Village Bowmen U8s
A warm, sunny Saturday morning as the Under 8s entertained Swindon Village Bowmen at home. The under 8s also welcomed back founder coach Lorne Plemel, on a break from tour of duty.
The first 15 minutes were fairly balanced, with little in the way of goalmouth opportunities. The best chances for the home side, came when Ethan Streatfield managed to break down the right wing on a few occasions. However, it was the away side that grabbed the only goal in the first period, when a scuffed shot somehow made its way though 2 or 3 defenders, under the keeper and trickled over the line.
It was all change for the 2nd 15 minutes, when a completely different Panthers side took to the field. The home team started to build momentum, and after 5 minutes Austin Plemel was put through on goal, putting it nicely wide of the keeper to level the scores 1-1. As the home side continued with the majority of possesion, Josh Bird hit a well placed shot to put Panthers in to the lead. Panthers could have added to this, when Alex Fulford was felled just outside the area. Stepping up, he curled the free kick over the wall, but it was well saved by the keeper.
The 3rd 15, saw the return of the team that played the 1st quarter. This was a very evenly balanced quarter, with Bowmen growing in confidence. The away side had the best chances of this period, managing to turn the ball over from 2 yards, and having a goal disallowed for the ball going out of play in the build up. Strong defending by the home side, and Jazton Juico in particular, ensured a goaless 3rd period.
All change again for the final 15 minutes, and it wasnt long before Josh Bird broke free of the defence and finished from a tight angle to get his 2nd of the game. As the away team started to tire, the fresher legs of the home side took the advantage. Most of this period being played in the Bowmen half, the home side hit the woodwork on more than one occasion. Mid way through the period, Alex Fulford intercepted a clearance from the goalkeepr, and was able to slot home into an empty net. A run from midfield by Ben Murphy, saw him avoid a couple of challenges and blast past the keeper for Panthers 5th. Late on, a defensive error from the Bowmen, saw the ball roll across the area, where both Ben Murphy and Shun-Ta Cheong were unmarked, the later just about getting to the ball first to smash it home, and complete a comfortable win for Churchdwon.