The Bayside Pirates Senior Womens team flew to Wellington, for NZF's National Womens League Championship and came home Champions.
The team played five games and won all five games to lift the Cup. All matches were played to FIFA rules; Stop Clock conditions and on the large sized pitch, 40m x 20m. Playing two games per day and having to keep an eye on the Yellow Cards during the round robin matches, was a tough assignment and there were some close matches, especially from Capital in the first game (2-1), Canterbury in the Semi Final (5-3) and then Auckland in the Final (4-3). Playing in front of partisan crowds added to the pressure and it certainly did create a wonderful atmosphere at Wellington's beautiful ASB Stadium.
The Pirates' Womens Program is going from strength to strength, with this latest triumph being the Club's fourth major trophy in twelve months.The 16s Girls won the 2016 State Club Championships and they backed that up by winning the Craig Foster International Challenge in January, winning all eight games along the way. The Seniors won the FFV Premier League title in December and now the NZF National League.
Three juniors were promoted to the NZ Touring Squad, based on their 2016 performances in F League and the Craig Foster; Anna Peers-Barlow, Niamh McLure and Greta Jowett- Smith and they did not disappoint Head Coach Sam Mlynarz, "These girls are developing their skills at a remarkable pace and they will be the core of our future Senior Womens squad. Playing in these tough tournaments is an invaluable experience for them".
Lead by Captain Kristin Stensholt, who was the rock of the team, the players gave it their all in every game which was typified by Ili Jakab's sliding save in front of an open goal in the second half of the final, when the game was evenly balanced at 1-1. Flanker, Rebecca Davies went onto score a Hat Trick, with Pivot Emily Coppock adding one of her powerful shots on the turn to do just enough to keep Auckland at bay. Stephanie Tanti was her usual composed self, scoring crucial goals when it mattered; Annabelle Gibney, the speedster in the team, just kept on attacking and defending all the time; Lauren Diduszko provided that extra bit of experience in defence and attack and she showed her class with the match winning goal against Capital in the first game; the two Goalkeepers, Elizabeth Sarcevic and Bethany Mason-Jones, both had fantastic tournaments, with Mason-Jones picking up the Golden Glove award.
The Pirates get a week off from training, before it all starts again for April's FFV Futsal State Club Championships. The 16s Squad have USA Futsal's World Cup in Orlando to look forward to as well. Mark Georgeson, CEO of the Pirates added, "It has been a busy few months for Pirates Womens' Futsal and there is much more to come, as our strategic planning is about to enter another phase. This group of players, with the elite juniors coming through, can push on from here and achieve more. It is quite exciting in the direction that we are taking our Women's Futsal Program".
Flanker Annabelle Gibney scored the first goal of the Pirates campaign, celebrates with Ily Jakab. The Pirates playing in front of a partisan home crowd in Wellington, were down 1-0 before Gibney struck. Lauren Diduszko scored the winner to make it 2-1 to the Pirates over Capital Futsal. From there the team played four more tough games before they clinched the title, beating Auckland Futsal 4-3 in the final.
WHAT'S COMING UP?
Lots of Futsal is available for the Women and Girls that want to play for the Pirates.
Saturday Futsal, Overseas Tournaments, National F League, Interstate Tournaments, Victorian Regional Tournaments and Training Programs; we have the lot covered if Futsal is the sport for you!
- 2018 USA Futsal's WORLD CUP, Orlando, USA. Contact Mark for more details. Departs late July 2018.
- F LEAGUE 2018 Training continues. New players are welcome to trial and train. Please contact Sam Mlynarz in the first instance. Commences in Term 1 at 4pm on Saturday afternoons at Cheltenham Secondary College.
- MENTORING PROGRAM Aspiring Girls from the Age of 14 who want to focus on Futsal can join our Club's Mentoring Program
- BAYSIDE LEAGUE for Girls and Women of all skill sets - Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in Term 4.
- JUNIOR GIRLS training is on Saturday afternoons, with friendly games, at 1.15pm to 2.30pm.
- STATE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS April 9, 10 & 11 2018
The 2018 Pirates Womens JOMA Club Gear