TH womens football team win Plate
5 March 2012
Trinity Hall women's football team won the Plate (possibly for the first time ever) by beating Newnham 4-1 in the final at the end of February.
Coach and TH porter Malcolm Pearman gives his report on a successful year:
Love and friendship This was the motto adopted by Trinity Hall women’s football team this year; I would like to add determination and commitment to that - basically this lot never give up! On Saturday 25th February 2012 Trinity Hall women’s football came of age with an emphatic 4-1 win over Newnham in the final of the Plate.
Having started this year's league campaign with a 7-0 defeat away to Downing (ok, we only had 7 players for this one!) and then an unfortunate 2-1 defeat away to Magdalene, our push for promotion this year had taken a huge dent; but it could only get better couldn’t it? The next game saw us have a break from league football but also saw us drawn at home in Cuppers against I suspect the best women’s football team in the university, Homerton; who boast a wealth of blues players and one or two who play for West Ham United Ladies’. We were beaten 12-1, but although the score line was somewhat disappointing our performance was not; there were a lot of positives from this game. The team's heads never dropped, and I suspect if they had been up against anyone else they may well have won. “We will win the plate now” I remember hearing Anna Daunt (this year’s joint captain with Beth Parker) saying as she left the pitch. That was a good response as results like that can destroy a team’s confidence.
Back to league football at home to Murray Edwards and what a response: a first class 5-1 home win! The performance and confidence of the team was right up (not that I had to worry about confidence) and this was carried into the next game in the Plate at home to St Catherines, a division higher than ourselves. Well, what can I say about this game? It does not get any better than this, in what I have to say is the best performance that I have ever seen from a Trinity Hall women’s football team in my time as coach. We ran out 10-0 winners! But the score line does not flatter either, it could have been more. But now (for me anyway) came the dreaded Christmas break - the last thing I wanted was for the team to lose momentum as they did last year. All I could do was ask them to keep fit and focused.
Celebrating their 10-0 win over St Catherines
Back row; Naomi Wood, Emily Warham, Malcolm Pearman, Crystal Eisinger, Charlotte Hill, Steph Polderdijk.
Front row; Ella Hollowood, Anna Daunt, Anna (Bobby) Moore, Kerry Corley, Harry Maxwell, Beth Parker.
The first game back after Christmas was the next round of the Plate home against Murray Edwards, who I expect were wanting to pay us back for the 5-1 defeat they suffered at our hands in the league match last term. This game was a good one if you were a neutral onlooker; 10 minutes in and my fears of what happened last year seem to be coming true as we found ourselves 2-0 down. Should I have worried? Half time came and we were 3-1 down but playing a lot better, and in the second half this fantastic bunch of ladies had fought back to 3-3 and the game went into extra time, at the end of which the score was 4-4. So we had a penalty shoot out (which I am only a fan of if I’m neutral); still they showed their metal and went on to win the shoot out 3-2! To be honest though, apart from the first forgettable 10 minutes they were unlucky not to win this game by a 3 or 4 clear goals in normal time; at times I felt that it was just going to be one of those days as the ball didn’t seem to want to go in. Still they had got the win and were through; and although this was a quarter final it was effectively for us the semi final. We were fortunate to be in the side of the draw that meant if we won we had a by into the final; however by or no by this team deserved to be there.
The final was played at King's pitches against Newnham, another team a league higher and a team we knocked out of Cuppers last year. Now I could write a long winded match report, but I’m not going to: all I will say is that we were much the stronger team throughout and thoroughly deserved the 4-1 win! Again the score did not flatter us, it should have been more; but I think that would have been sad for Newnham as it is never nice to lose a final.
So, the Plate is coming to Trinity Hall! These ladies can be so very proud of themselves and I hope the College is as well; I know one thing for sure I am. I would like to say to each and every one of them, whether you played in just one game or all, you all played your part in this triumph! Congratulations! And thank you for giving me the opportunity to coach you again, it has been an honour and a privilege.
Now a small piece of history: I am still trying to find out, but at the time of writing this piece it may be that this is the first piece of silver that the women’s football team have won (not including promotions). At the moment all I do know is that they were runners up in the plate back in 1995, but whatever the case this has been a wonderful achievement.
We have one league game still to play home against Queens' on Saturday 10th March 2012. Hopefully we can continue with the momentum and get the right result: even though promotion is not on the cards this year maybe we can get it next year!