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Women's/Girls Teams News 2006/2007

Welcome to the news section for the women's and girls' teams. The women's team will be playing in Divison One of the East Anglian League. We will also be running girls' teams at Under-15 and Under-11 level. Throughout the season you can see the teams' results and fixtures by clicking on the links below. Here you can read news from the sides.


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Double Final Delight for Women's Team - Posted August 18th, 2006

Hethersett Athletic's vice-chairman Sue Milne reports on the inaugural Easton Challenge Cup which took place at Easton College on Wednesday 23rd August, 2006 and featured ladies teams from Arsenal, Ipswich Town, Barchester United and Hethersett Athletic.

Hethersett Athletic hosted the first ever  'Easton Challenge Cup' competition which took place at Easton College. Joining Hethersett Athletic in the competition were: Arsenal, Ipswich Town and Barchester United.

Hethersett have a very young and talented squad this season who have been training extremely hard during  pre-season, under the guidance of coach/manager,  Tom Parke.

The team had already seen rewards for all their hard work, a few weeks earlier when they travelled to Essex University and came runners up in the Essex 11-a-side tournament having  made a name for themselves by beating Crystal Palace ‘B’ and Brighton and Hove Albion to reach the final.  Hethersett gave a fantastic display of football against their opponents Crystal Palace, who are in the second highest League in the country, and gracefully accepted runners-up place having narrowly lost 1-0. The Hethersett squad is photographed below.

The Easton Challenge Cup saw yet another marvellous display of football from all four teams involved. Once again Hethersett reached the final having won all three matches and not conceding a single goal. Hethersett  beat Barchester 1-0, Ipswich 1-0 and Arsenal 1-0. The final saw Hethersett and Arsenal meet for the second time.  The match remained 0-0 at full time and went to penalties. After five penalties each the score remained level and the teams were exposed to the dreaded sudden death nightmare.  Arsenal had the rub of the green and proudly became the first winners of the Easton Challenge Cup 2006. The Hethersett team is pictured below.

Hethersett Football Club would like to thank all participants, officials, ball boys and girls, spectators and sponsors for all their hard work and support. Thank you to Easton College for their hospitality. Without the support of college principal, David Lawrence, the tournament would not have been possible.   A very big thank-you goes to, special guest, Nicola Hobbs. The club is proud to have a connection with Nicola as she played in goal for the club three seasons ago. Nicola, (19 years of age), currently plays with Lincoln Ladies and has recently made both clubs history by becoming the first player to represent her country at senior international level, being called up by England manager Hope Powell after a successful U21 campaign in the Nordic Cup. Nicola is an excellent example to all and is the perfect role model for all the young players at the Easton Challenge Cup.

Nicola said: “The Easton Challenge Cup is an excellent showcase for young upcoming talent in Ladies football, and I am delighted to be part of it”. Nicola is pictured below with Hethersett's present 'keeper Chelsea Salmon.

Full Results and squads for the Easton Challenge Cup were as follows:

Group Matches

Hethersett Athletic 1 Barchester United 0
Arsenal 1 Ipswich Town 0
Hethersett Athletic 1 Ipswich Town 0
Arsenal 0 Barchester United 0
Hethersett Athletic 1 Arsenal 0
Ipswich Town 1 Barchester United 1

 Group Table (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 1 point for each goal scored)

  Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
Hethersett Athletic 3 3 0 0 3 0 12
Arsenal 3 1 1 1 1 1 5
Barchester United 3 0 2 1 1 2 3
Ipswich Town 3 0 1 2 1 3 2

Third/Fourth Place Play Off

         Barchester United                          1                 Ipswich Town                          5


         Hethersett Athletic                        0                 Arsenal                                       0

                  (Arsenal won 5-4 on penalties)


Arsenal Ladies: Becky Spencer, Alice Beckley, Cally Rowell, Gilly Flaherty, Christie Turner, Abbie Prosser, Natasha McConnville, Leigh Holes, Leah Cowan, Vicky Smith, Sarah Wiltshire, Cara Beckenridge, Dominique Hume, Ashliegh Goddard, Lauren Williams, Jade Holes.

Barchester United: Keighly Ellwood, Jemma Bothington, Tash Evans, Gemma Hamilton, Chelsea Shorten, Nikki Leese, Lyndy King, Jemma Hallam, Kyly Barber, Bex Cox, Lauren Ryder, Jodie Fawkes, Chloe Simmons, Cara Skinner, Dee Hunt.

Hethersett Athletic:  Chelsea Salmon, Laura Hodgson, Jodie Allard, Logan Shepherd, Jodie Rettie, Jemma Smythe, Lisa Ferdani, Leathe Tucker, Emily Coates, Donna Bonnett, Kate Parsons, Panayiota Pambi, Amy Brooks, Hazel Shepherd.

Ipswich Town:  Lucy Cornelius, Krystal Monaghan, Annalise Ryan, Laura Bright, Kelly Taylor, Amanda Everett, Hannah Wiese, Kim Rex, Paige Leeder, Jenny Cole, Christy Haynes, Carly Allum, Leanne Topper, Becky Thrower, Chloe Merritt.

Golden Boot Award for most goals: Amanda Everett (Ipswich Town) - 2

Player of the Tournament Award: Sarah Wiltshire (Arsenal)

Sarah Wiltshire of Arsenal Ladies receives her player of the tournament award from Stuart Dracup, Chair of Norfolk FA.

The tournament was sponsored by : Stephen Parke Electrical Contractors, In Trim Hair Design, Peter Frank Photography, Belton Glass and Windows, GB Digger Hire, Soanes Signs, J and T Plumbers, Bennets and Fosters Solicitors.

Guest of honour Stuart Dracup, chair of Norfolk FA, paid tribute to Hethersett Athletic for organising the event. "A lot of people have given up their time to help organise this event. Hethersett Athletic is a Community Charter Club and they have gained that status because of the way they operate and promote football for everybody - men, women, youths and girls. They deserve the accolades for what they have organised today."

Event organisers: Tom Parke, Sue Milne, Ray Milne and Andy Coe.

Good Start for Women - Posted September 4th, 2006

The ladies team got their league campaign off to a fine start with a 3-1 victory at Brantham Athletic thanks to goals from Smythe, Shepherd and Brooks.

The following items are also available on the blog section of the site.

Saturday 9th September

There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the Women’s and Girls' set up at Hethersett Athletic Football Club. The club’s name is highly respected within Norfolk and indeed other counties, especially after the Women’s tremendous pre-season achievements, defeating teams such as Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal. 

It is a warm feeling that a small village football club can boast of such honours. I am so very proud to be part of it all. I can remember 9 years ago when the very first girls football team started. We still have one original player left in the squad today and that is, my daughter Sarah. Over the years Sarah has grown up and is now engaged to a great guy called Daniel who is in the RAF. Sarah is now looking to move to Lincolnshire but hopes to play some matches during this season.

The girls' set-up is continuing to grow. A new U11s team has entered the league this year and plans are underway to introduce an U15 team next year. This steady growth is possible as we are using the services of young students at Easton College. The students are keen to help out as many of them are working towards their level 1 courses and need the experience. Two prime examples of past students becoming involved with the club are, of course, Tom Parke (Toasty) and Joe Cooper. Toasty and myself work together for the Women’s team and Joe now coaches and manages the U11s.

Have you ever been paintballing? Great fun! The girls went to Skirmish a couple of weeks ago and had a brilliant day. We split into 2 teams attackers v defenders. I believe a report will be going in the next newsletter. If anyone wants any details about paintballing please ask. Or if any of you men’s teams out there fancy a challenge, I’ll warn you now, we take no prisoners!!! Beware of Hazel Shepherd and Amy Brooks! They would do well in the army! Logan's just a pussy cat and spent each game guarding the base along with me. I wasn’t scared, honestly!

Sunday 8th October

Hethersett Athletic v Mulbarton Report: (8th Oct 2006)

Hethersett Women's team are now flying high at the top of the Eastern Region League with 5 wins out of 5. The most recent match saw them beat Mulbarton 9-1 with 2 goals a piece from Hazel Brewster, Emily Coates and Amy Brooks and a well deserved goal from Hazel Shepherd. Lisa Ferdani almost missed the match today as she had acquired tickets for the All Celebrity Match up in Newcastle. Lisa gave up her tickets to play today and opened the scoring with what could well be the goal of the season!

Hethersett seem to be going from strength to strength in their strive towards promotion to the Premier League. Defence were unlucky not to keep a clean sheet for the third game in a row. Midfield worked tirelessly with exceptional work from Hannah Dugdale who just keeps on improving week after week. Nicola Stolworthy ran rings round her opponents on the right wing and was complimented on the left of the field by Hazel Brewster. Hazel moved to Hethersett this season from Loddon and has given great depth to the squad. Hazel's workload is second to none. The half-time score was 5-0. Amy Brooks came on as a substitute as the second half started and straight away showed what she was made of. Amy is our youngest player but is oozing with talent and certainly was eager to perform and showed it by scoring 2 cracking goals. Emily Coates is another young player and is gaining confidence with each game that she plays. 

The whole team deserves to be applauded as they are a showcase for women's football In Norfolk. Next Sunday sees the team travel to Cornard for the first round of the County Cup. A very big thank-you to all our players and supporters for a great start to the season. Good luck to all the girls for next Sunday,