The boys named below are invited to the second trial which is provisionally arranged for the 4th of September at a time and venue to be decided. Keep aware by following the website.
The first trials for the Under 16 and Under 14 girls will take place at Walton HS in Stafford on Monday 14th July starting at 4-00pm.
There has been a large number of nominations for the Under 16 girls age group and with the players eligible from the group last season a strong squad is expected. However the number of nominations for the Under 14 girls is very poor, so poor that it will be a struggle to run a team next season if there is not enough players available of the right quality.Players should be in Y8 or 9 next year to qualify for the team.
There is a lot of girls football going on in Staffordshire and the reputation of the County is growing nationally so if there are girls out there who go to school in Staffordshire and play football at a high enough standard then ask your teacher to recommend you theough the website.
Any girls who are in the excellence programme should attend. Three Staffordshire girls have been selected for England in the past two year and we hope to keep that going this coming year.
The trial dates for all age groups will be posted on the website tomorrow once final confirmation of dates and venues have been agreed.
Schools will be receiving their nomination forms in the next 24hours and all are urged to nominate their very best players and give them the opportunity of representing their County. All national competitions that can be entered have been entered and it would be really good to see some of our sides have a good run in these competitions.
Individual Schools entries are well down on previous years and many schools who have been succesful in the competitions have failed to enter this year. There are very few entries from the North of the county and schools are misssing out on the opportunity to play opposition that they do not meet in their local Association competitions. A list of schools entered is in another news article further down the page.
The following schools have so far entered the competitions. Many schools who have won the County Title in previous years have not entered this year and the numbers entering the Under 11 competition to dat e make it unviable. The closing date is next Wednesday 3rd July. Late entries may be considered but there will be a premium cost attached.
Interestingly there are very few entries from Stoke on Trent Schools.
Please get your entries in as soon as possible. Copy and paste the entry form on the competitions page or make contact through the website.
Sir Graham Balfour
Landau Forte VI
John Taylor Academy
Landa Forte Amington
Stafford Sports College
St John Fisher
Landau Forte QEMS
King Edward VI Lich
Blythe Bridge HS
King Edward VI Stafford
The Staffordshire Schools Under 16 girls appeared in a MCF Final for the first time having won the eastern division of the competition with a 100% record . They travelled to Burton Joyce in Nottingham to play the Eastern Division and national champions Nottinghamshire who were current holders of the trophy.
On a beautiful evening, in warm sunshine, Stafforshir kicked off on a pitch in perfect condition. The Staffordshire girls started very well and soon had Nottinghamshire backpeddling and a cross shot was spilled by the Nottinghamshire keeper but bounced to safety. With skipper Millie Elson driving them on from midfield Staffordshire were well on top and when pressure from Kelsey Richardson and Sophie Garrett forced a corner, Elson provided a wicked inswinger which beat everyone and crossed the line to put Staffordshire ahead.
Nottinghamshire were always dangerous and flying machine and England International Ellie Brazil proved a constant thorn in the Staffordshire side but a defence well set up with sweeper Lucy Marshall in good form were able to cope with the occassional scare. Staffordshire spurned another chance but were on top, until after 17 minutes the defining moment of the match occurred. Millie Elson set off on another driving run and beat two players at pace before being brought down waist high by a cynical challenge from a Notts defender. The referee allowed Stafffordshire an advantage which came to nothing but Millie lay on the turf in some distress.
She had to leave the field with a serious shoulder injury yet the offender remained unpunished leaving Staffordshire without their inspirational skipper. However Holly Gibson stepped up to the plate to lead a superb Staffordshire rearguard action. Nottinghamshire created and missed chances but the Staffordshire girls threw heart and soul into trying to maintain their slim advantage. 1-0 half time.
Notts launched a second half onslaught throwing everything at Staffordshire who were struggling to get out of their own half. They were however throwing bodies into tackles and blocks and working very hard to contain the much older Notts girls. Nottinghamshire equalised 12 minutes into the second half when Staffordshire's season long weakness from set pieces was exposed. A free kick, launched into the box was not dealt wth and England International Steggles bundled the ball over the line.
Having equalised there was a degree of trepidation that Notts, who were so dominant, would run away with the tie as they had done in the semi final when disposing of Worcestershire by 10-0. Not so. Staff's battened down the hatches with a determined and resolute defence of their goal. As the final minutes approached the heat seemed to have affected Notts more and Staffordshire were looking physically stronger despite the enormous work rate that they had maintained throughout the game. It was heartbreaking for all concerned when Notts snatched the winner with 1minute left on the clock. A corner bobbled around in the area before being bundled in at the near post leaving Staffordshire on the wrong end of 2-1 scoreline.
Games hinge on specific incidents and losing Millie Elson was one such instance. She was still in hospital at midnight awaiting results of X Rays and the whole Staffordshire camp wishes her well.
All were so proud of our girls who put in a monumental effort and despite the initial disappointment should be very proud of their achievements this season. One step further next year.