U9 2011-12 Season Review

posted Jun 21, 2012, 1:54 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers   [ updated Jul 30, 2012, 9:16 AM ]

Under 9 Sharks

THE SQUAD: Harry Dobson, Ollie Cole, Jamie Hutchinson, Ben Sanders Charlie Hodder, Cian Alexander, Theo Millar, Jack Berridge, Josh Faulkner.

Coaches: Andy Alexander, Steve Hutchinson, Rob Faulkner.
What is success? Is it played 10 won 10?. Certainly that can be seen as success. But can it also be a group of predominately Wheathampstead school children taking on the best Hertfordshire has to offer whilst playing a high risk, open and attacking style of football the way it should be played?. Every player trying to express themselves, no one ‘getting rid of it’, no hoofery and no kicking the ball out when under pressure.
This is what the above named children are achieving and the biggest accolade they have received so far were the words of the St. Albans City manager when he said “you have really taught us a lesson today, we are going to change our style and begin to try and play like you do before it is too late.” And this was after St. Albans had won. For me that is success and we are all very proud of all the children in the team and in the age group.

Under 9 Panthers

THE SQUAD: Fraser Willis, Alex Lavers, Guy King, Harrison Nutt, Louis Rees, Arjan Reyarel, Jack Harris, Adam Barnard.

The Panthers were formed after Christmas as a result of an influx of new players and they played with much skill and determination in a number of friendlies. Mark Nutt was head honcho and he confirms that, in his own words, “all the players gave everything and were a credit to all”

Under 9 Tigers

The Squad: Freddie Radovanovic, Patrick King, Alfie Woodbridge, Calum Cornish, Daniel Lawrence, Matthew Wright, Daniel Wickenden, Thomas Brook, Josh Pressland.

Coaches: Kris Cornish and Andy Lawrence.
This is my first season as coach of the Tigers and to put it mildly when I first started I was a touch nervous to say the least. It took a few months but as the games went on myself and the boys began to come to an understanding, gradually they began to enjoy playing together and with that came the good results. We have only lost a small handful of games this season and all the great play culminated in a place in the U9 Indigo Cup Final on the 19th May against Welwyn Pegasus, which the boys won. Some trademark defending from Matt, Thomas and Josh, some top quality midfield play from Patrick, Freddie and Dan W and some fine goals to top off the season from Calum, Dan L and Alfie. I am very very proud of all of them. I have really enjoyed coaching the Tigers this season and am very much looking forward to another great run in September. C’mon the Tigers!!

Kris Cornish