Canterbury City Girls U14s – meet the girls!
The girls have been playing in the KGLFL division two for one and a half seasons. The core of the team came fully formed from another side and has been added to over the course of the last eighteen months. Our first season in the league saw us finishing joint third in 2014 -2015 – not a bad position considering that was our first full season and some of our girls had never played a competitive game before!
We now have a full squad – thirteen regular players for nine-a-side games, which is great as it gives our coach Paul a lot of flexibility and we can easily cover sickness, holidays and injuries. Paul describes the team as ‘perfectly balanced’ and that is definitely the case. The girls work hard not just for themselves but for each other, and each has a unique contribution to make.
As one of the smallest in the team, Ashleigh Menniss doesn’t immediately stand out as the goalkeeper but despite her size she is completely fearless and an exceptional goalie! A gifted athlete, Ashleigh excels at swimming and hockey as well as football.
Our back line consists of Zara Howard, a no-nonsense and very determined player who can also make killer runs into midfield. Centre back Rosie Day is an agile and skilful defender with a great footballing brain, while left back Maisy Walker is super-fast and can whip a ball away from anyone’s feet in a flash. Amy Tritton joined the team this season and has proved to be a real asset. She is a solid central defender but knows when to push forward and has scored some brilliant goals.
The midfield is packed with great players, our captain Ellie Jordan is the engine of the team, consistently winning the ball and picking out the forward pass. Isabel Cory is our ‘tiny terrier’, a skilful and fearless player with quick feet. Cassia Pollard is a strong and determined winner of the ball who spots the quick pass and can also make runs into the box.
Our forward line has been augmented this year by Kloee Worboyes, a skilful and very quick striker who links up well with our more experienced players. Ella Wilson is lightening fast with a killer finish, while Libby Rowland has made the right wing position her own – tearing down the wing to win possession and get the cross into the box. Lauren Vergo is an experienced striker who can produce flashes of brilliance. Lastly we have our top scorer and the players’ player for the entire division last season – Tiegan Stevens. A strong and determined winner of the ball, Tiegan isn’t afraid to take on an entire defence and has scored some tremendous goals both last season and this one.
We are lucky to have an experienced and talented coach in Paul Stevens. Paul has coached and developed the girls to the standard they play at now, where they are the ‘team to beat’ in division two. Always positive and (generally!) cheerful, Paul brings out the best in each and every one of our players and they truly have started to shine under his guiding hand.