Photo Newcastle United Women’s First Team With Manager Michael Havelock ( far right ) and First Team Coach Warren Teasdale ( far left )
Sagicor NFA Women’s Cup – Monday 23rd April, 2012
Friendships put on hold for 90 minutes
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club WILL win the Sagicor NFA Cup on Monday 23rd April, 2012 but will it be the NUWFC Black and Whites or the NUWFC Blues that lift the trophy at the end of the game
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club Reserves and Newcastle United Women’s Football Club First Team meet on Monday 23rd April, in the final of the Sagicor NFA Women’s Cup at Whitley Park, Benton, K.O 7pm. This is the game of the season for the two teams and both First and Reserve Team Managers and Coaches will make sure that the preparation for this game has been as focused and professional as for all of the previous games this season.
When NUWFC First Team played in the FAWPL they were excluded from the Sagicor NFA Women’s Cup and it has been left to the NUWFC Reserve team to compete on behalf of the club. Up until 2009 NUWFC Reserve team had successfully won the Northumberland senior cup for eight successive season. Following the relegation of the NUWFC First Team from the FAWPL last season the NFA agreed to allow the First Team to enter the cup.
This is a Cup Final definitely not to be missed. Although great friends off the pitch there will be no love lost when the two teams walk out atWhitleyParkon Monday 23rd April. From the referees first whistle on Monday until his last both teams will give everything they have to for the honour of lifting the cup. NUWFC First team would love to do the League and Cup double but NUWFC Reserve are determined to prove they are as good as their fellow squad members and a cup victory would be a great end to their season.
NUWFC played their final league game of the 2011- 2012 season, on their home ground at Northumbria University Coach Lane Sports Centre on Sunday 15th April and continued their impressive record of wins by again taking all three points with a 4 -2 win over Bradford City.
NUWFC First Team Coach Warren Teasdale said “What a fantastic way to end the season with a tricky win over close rivalsBradfordCity. Again, the girls showed maturity beyond their years to see off a team who have been pushing for the title all season. To be presented with league winners medals and the trophy at the end of the game, in front of family and friends, was a fitting climax to a wonderful season. WELL DONE !
But the celebrations are over for this week, and NUWFC Manager Michael Havelock has the job of focusing his team on the next big game so its back to work on Tuesday evening with training as usual and a cup final to prepare for.
NUWFC First Team Manager Michael Havelock said “”The team are looking forward to the county cup final, especially as it is against our reserve side. The players will be extremely motivated and will not want to let their colleagues and friends get one over on them. The atmosphere will be brilliant and should be a great advert for women’s football. We have played many practice games against the reserves and they have always been close and competitive. So this game should be no different.”
NUWFC First Team Captain Sarah Wilson, together with NUWFC Club Captain Stacy Crooks had a big job on their hands at the beginning of this season. Taking a squad of players that had not only been relegated but had also had to bring in a number of new players and prepare them for the massive task of returning to the FAWPL at the first time of asking. Some thought it was too much to ask but Sarah and Stacy were determined to get their club back to where it belonged and working closely with their players have achieved their goal. Monday’s cup final will be a great night for both Sarah and Stacy and the celebrations that follow will be well deserving of all of the players hard work.
NUWFC First Team Captain said “We’ve finished the season in the best possible way, 20 games unbeaten resulting in promotion into the Northern Premiership. The cup final is all about rewarding ourselves after such a fantastic season. No matter how the game goes NUWFC will be collecting more silverware to add to this year’s collection. Both teams deserve to be playing in this game. It’s a pity the girls have to go out against each other; however every player has something to prove. We are playing for our shirts and our positions. Friendship will be put on hold for 90 minutes; it will most definitely be a very competitive game.”
The first team will be without one of their regular players Carla Armstrong who was injured in the last league game of the season against Bradfordon Sunday at Northumbria University Coach lane. Carla was stretchered off the hospital in the second half and missed the team’s presentation and celebrations. But Carla will be atWhitleyParkon Monday and will be joining in the celebrations at the end of the game with the NUWFC squad. Everyone at the club wishes Carla a speedy recovery and is looking forward to her re-joining the rest of the squad on the pitch in pre season.
Photo Newcastle United Women’s Reserve Football Team
Newcastle United Women’s Football Clubs Reserve Team go into this cup final on the back of what can only be described as their best win of the season against Lincoln Ladies on Sunday at Newcastle Pin Point FC. Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton was without a number of regular players some of who were in Spain playing in a tournament, together with a number of injuries to First Team players and work commitments meant that the Reserve team were left with only eleven players. But as with the fantastic attitude that Gary has had from his players this season the eleven he had knew there was a job to be done so no time for questions, they focused on what was being asked from them. Go out their and do the best you can for yourself, your team mates and your club – and they did, three points, three goals and a clean sheet. a great afternoons work.
The Reserves are really looking forward to the Sagicor NFA Cup Final which traditionally marks the end of their season. Although the First and Reserve teams have played several friendly games against each other over the past few months the game on Monday will definitely not be a friendly. There is a lot at stake with both teams wanting the title of 2012 winners of the Sagicor NFA Women’s Cup and the honour for the team responsible for bringing the cup back to Newcastle United Women’s Football Club. Up until 2008 the reserve team has successfully won the title in 8 consecutive seasons but unfortunately the last couple of years has seen the cup go to Whitley Bay Ladies FC. With two final training sessions before Monday’s game the Reserve team will be making sure they use the time wisely and productively in preparation for the big game.
Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton said “This Mondays fixture is a big game not only for the players but also for the whole clu. I would like to think it could be classed as a big thank you from the players and coaches of the two teams for all the hard work and total commitment from all of the committee and officials to push the club forward. From a subdued start of the season to one of the best on record, and for having the confidence and trust in the coaching staff to let them do what they do best ”coach”. In doing that the same trust and confidence has been shown in return with what ever we have asked for. Wherever we have played and whatever tools were needed to enable us to get the job done has been awarded to us to enable us to do what we set out in August to do. As a club and a team united together we did what some people looking in on Newcastle United Women’s Football Club thought and hoped we could not, but as a club united we all “GOT THE JOB DONE.
Our preparations for Mondays game will be the same as every week with given that it is a final myself and Adam are prepared for the full squad at training on Tuesday and Thursday with all the players wanting to stake a claim for a place in the starting line up. After our win on Sunday against a strong and much fancied Lincoln side the teams confidence is high and we are all determined in not only turning up and putting on a good show but to turn up on Monday with a well prepared, confident and determined team to do our utmost to win a game which we believe the team is quite capable of. But what ever the result turns out to be it will be a brilliant night for Newcastle United Women’s Football Club and a night everyone connected with the club should be proud of”
Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch has done a fantastic job this season working together with the Reserve Team management. There have been a number of occasion when the team have had to struggle with low numbers but Amy and her team of players have always risen to any challenge given to them and have been a credit to the club. The Reserve team are sad their season is coming to a close as they are really starting to show their opponents in the FAWPL league the type of football they are cable of. The promotion of the First Team has guaranteed that NUWFC Reserves can continue to play in that same league next season.
Reserve Team Captain Amy Perch said “The cup final could well be our highlight of the season. We have waited a long time for this and the fact that we get to play against the firsts makes it even sweeter. Although friends off the pitch you can rest assured that both teams will be taking it incredibly seriously and the rivalry on it will be clear for all to see. The Reserves are more that ready for whatever the Firsts throw at them and with the added magic of the cup atmosphere I’m confident that we should not be written off too quickly. “
Ha’Way the Toon Lasses
Monday 23rd April, 2012 – K.O. 7pm
Newcastle United WFC Reserves v Newcastle United WFC First
Venue: Whitley Park, Whitley Road, Benton, NE12 9FA