U10 2011-12 Season Review

posted Jun 21, 2012, 1:56 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers   [ updated Jul 30, 2012, 9:05 AM ]

Under 10 Sharks

THE SQUAD: Ollie Card, James Everitt, Joe Gill, Rukh Gupta, Ben King, William Pope, Max Sharpe, Harry Smith, Henry Tarrant, Sebastien Taylor, Noah Timlin, Owen Tizard.

Coaches: Robin King, Mick Tizard, Aidan Timlin.

This season proved to be the Sharks toughest test yet with the standard of opposition raised yet further with some powerful new teams. The boys got off to a flying start with a run of victories that continued their U9s form – showing the power, pace and skill that earned them the right to play in the league’s top division. As the season progressed the scorelines became tighter, goals had to be harder-earned, and injuries took their toll, the worst being Ollie Card’s broken arm (sustained at school in Frisbee rugby I might add) which ruled him out for the second half of the season. The boys held their own admirably in some hard fought games, with some tight margins – perhaps the most memorable (and emotionally draining for all concerned) being the Barnet away game. The highlight of the year was the match against old pals Panshanger – with the kind of breathtaking fast-paced passing and movement that the coaches had been endeavouring to instil in the lads all season. The game at Hertford will also live long in the memory with some stunning long-range goals and hallmark counter-attacking football.
The Sharks County Cup run ended in Round 3 this year after a close battle with Croxley Green, the Sharks having comfortably seen off Cassiobury Rangers in the previous round. The boys fared better in the Divisional Cup, reaching the semis where they were eventually overpowered in the second half by Barnet after nicking a deserved half-time lead.
Results this season have been positive, if more mixed, and while consistency of form has proved harder to come by, the boys have deservedly maintained their place among the MHRML’s top sides. Most importantly all the boys have grown as individual players while also learning to develop their game as a team, having experienced the rigours of battle against the toughest opposition in the league. This insight should stand them in good stead for stepping up to the bigger pitches and goals as a 9-a-side team as U11s. Well done boys!
Come On You Wanderers!

Under 10 Tigers

THE SQUAD: David Barnes-Rider, Harry Coyne, Ryan Gibson, Tommy Lennon, Max McCullough, Lewis Murray, Cameron Nutt, Zac Rogers, Kieran Wall, Tiernan White, Matthew Woodford.

Coaches: Kevin Lennon and Darin Rogers.

This has been a great season for the Tigers with an initial target of continuing the good development from last season and pushing on to see far greater consistency in performances with a strong focus on playing a quick, passing game all the way from the defence, through midfield and further up the pitch.
A great spell before Xmas of 7 consecutive wins saw the Tigers promoted into the 2nd Division which was mainly populated by first teams of other clubs. This was a big step up. This has not phased the boys at all and the progression made has been far greater than the coaches could have hoped for with some extremely impressive displays and notable wins along the way. A strong commitment and turnout at training has certainly contributed here.
Our final playing record for the season was P26 W16 L10 D0 GS69 GA53. Cameron was our top scorer with 25 goals, which is an amazing record for his first season with us but he will be the first to acknowledge the strong contribution of all his teammates in regularly creating so many chances while Kieran, Lewis and Max with 11, 10 and 9 goals respectively show, however, we are far from a one-man team. On our day our attacking play with pass and go movement up the pitch at pace has been unplayable.
Furthermore the strong and solid base created by the defence has given us a platform to build upon and the amount of clean sheets has been a more impressive development in the eyes of the coaches. This has also been achieved without a regular goalie with Harry, Tig, Tommy, Zac and Lewis generally excelling when donning the goalie’s jersey.
Next season will be a big step up to 9-a-side, but, we are confident that with continued hard work, the right attitude, commitment and application then it will be a transition the boys will more than successfully cope with.
Finally congratulations also go to Darin who completed his FA Level-2 in April following Kev getting his in August

Under 10 Pumas

THE SQUAD: Joe Eagles, Joe Bennett, Joe Richardson, Michael Ripper, Thomas Berrington, Bruno Lucas, Kieran Moane, Adam Murphy, Oscar Brook, Callum Palmer Jagels, Sam Stell, Luke Ogbourn.

Coaches: Andy Ripper, Will Berrington, Dave Richardson, assisted by Pat Stell.

The Pumas played 26 league games in 2011/12, with a W12 D2 L12 record, 52 goals scored and 52 conceded. It was a symmetrical season but most importantly we had fun throughout! Top scorers were Joe Bennett (12), Joe Eagles (10), Sam (9) and Adam, Michael & Oscar (all 4). Callum scored the goal of the season, beating 5 Hertford players on a mazy dribble before coolly slotting past their keeper, with a Joe B volley from outside the box against Hoddesdon a close 2nd. The boys had an excellent King George’s tournament, reaching the quarter finals with no goals conceded before facing the WWFC Sharks! Well done defenders Tom, Bruno, Joe R and Michael.
Other highlights included matches against Welwyn Pegasus, Hertford and WWFC Tigers, a Joe E hat trick against Cuffley and Mars Bar challenge wins for 50 passes in a game, 15 shots and clean sheets. We focus upon a passing game and were pleased to see all the boys grow more comfortable on the ball over the course of the season. We rotated the keeper position throughout, which allowed Luke to develop into a strong physical presence outfield and gave the boys a greater appreciation of the position. Finally, Kieran was our top dead ball specialist, consistently delivering good crosses. We just need to get on the end of them more... something to work on next season.
Well done Pumas!

Under 10 Cougars

After a challenging start to the season, each member of the Cougars squad has developed and improved beyond all recognition. We have had lots of fun and smiles along the way and reached our second cup final in as many years!
Coaches: Dave Boynton, Jeff Hobden, Paul Drake and Stuart Read.
  • #25: Finley – immense in goal, a great shot stopper with clever distribution and a fearless attitude; it needs to be a great effort to lob him!
  • #26: Samrahn – developing into a skilful, powerful centre forward; apart from winding up Sam, he is happiest watching the net bulge as a result of one of his thunderbolts!
  • #27: George – the total package! An awe-inspiring tackler and passer of the ball who goes about his business with a patience and self-confidence that belies his years!
  • #28: Ben – tough, brave, all action midfield maestro who gives his all for the team; numerous vital challenges and a number of classy goals!
  • #29: Myles – developed into a powerful, formidable centre back ensuring Fin has had great protection.
  • #30: Sam – a quiet lad(!), with a turn of pace that strikes fear into the hearts of the opposition; never happier than when he is scoring from the half way line!
  • #31: William – always plays with a big smile and a big heart, and has the skill to play brilliant passes all over the pitch!
  • #32: Christian – catch him if you can! Fantastic with the ball at his feet on one of his world famous mazy runs before putting in a great cross!
  • #33: Alfie – A hard working midfield warrior with silky skills and a tremendous right foot; scorer of some great goals this season!
  • #34: Ekom – immeasurably skilful play maker; received the ball from half kick-off and dribbled round the entire opposition to score!
  • #35: Igor – an absolute rock at the back; has the ability to throw the ball further than Rory Delap!
  • #36: Harry – another quiet member of the squad(!); a fierce competitor with a massive heart who puts as much effort into his own game as he does into winding everyone up!