The past couple of weeks have been manic, but a period of time that our squad and management will probably remember for a long time to come.
The adrenaline thorughout has been running so high, with every match meaning so much to everyone. Training has been intense to make sure we have been as prepared as we can be and the attitude and around the camp has been fantastic.
We had a massive two week spell, competing in the league against tough opponents such as Charlton and Cardiff (Winning both matches with great performaces), the Kent Cup Final, and playing against one of the best teams in the country in Arsenal Ladies in the furthest round of the FA Cup the club has ever reached, making history.
Leading the team out every week has been fantastic this season but to lead the team out against Arsenal felt amazing. It’s hard to describe how it made me feel, it didn’t feel like I was feeling for me, it felt like I was holding the emotions of the team. It wasn’t playing against Arsenal that made my day, it made my day to lead out a team of the hardest working bunch of girls I know so they could have the opportunity to prove to themselves and to everyone around them just how good they are. To line up next to players of that calibre in front of our managers and coaches, who have worked so hard for us to progress and come so far as individuals and as a team and stand there proud was a way of saying thank you to them.
We spoke before the game with James reminding us that to compete as best we can in this game, we had to play with our hearts, and every player done just that, whether that was on the pitch or on the bench, we supported each other the whole way through showing how close we are as a team and how much that competing for ourselves, the person next next to us, our coaches and our club means to us.
Even losing did not get us down, we took all the positives and went away disappointed but still smiling. This game has only showed us what we are capable of and has spurred us on and as James said at the end ‘that now shows you how good you are, now believe in yourselves’.
I was gutted giving away the penalty for their first goal, but one thing we pride ourselves on at Gills, is that we are always going to make mistakes; mistakes are inevitable, it is how you deal with those mistakes and how you react to them that is important and we work through it all as a team showing our strength as a group.
I couldnt be more proud of everyone. I sent everyone a text that night to try and explain but I could continue to tell everyone time and time again. This is a feeling that isn’t going to go away anytime soon. 🙂
Lifting my first trophy (The kent cup) as captain of Gills was such a good feeling. We had put in a great performance with some of the football played being outstanding. It was really nice to finally get to play at The Gallagher on such a decent surface, which added to the occassion. We had so much support and was the first piece of silverware for the season. To retain the Kent Cup for a third successive year shows how far we have come over the past couple of seasons.
The support at both of these matches was fantastic, with nearly 400 people watching the Kent Cup final and nearly 500 people watching the Arsenal game. Thank you to everyone for your support it means a lot to everyone.
With only three league games and one cup final left, we are determined to finish the season as well as we started. Our target for every game is to concentrate on our performances, not on the result and not what might happen in three games time. Concentrate on what is put in front of us and try our best to bring the things we work on in training in to the game and to work as hard as we can every match.
We have The Ryman Cup Final on Thursday 8th May, 7.45pm KO against Haverhill Rovers at Chatham Town FC, a competition we won last year. Our final league match of the season is also at home at Chatham Town FC on Sunday 18th May against Coventry. These are games that you really dont want to miss. I urge all of our supporters and any new supporters to get to these games for a great time and to witness great womens clubs playing exciting football. You will not be disappointed.
Also would just like to say well done to James on winning his first award as a Manager/Coach. He has been awarded ‘Kent coach of the Year’ in The FA 2014 Community awards. It is an award very much deserved as you are one of the most talented coaches that I have worked with and the girls at Gills and the club are very lucky to have you on board. James never takes praise for any of the work or successes we get at gills, he always passes the praise on to the girls, so maybe you finally accept the recognition you deserve.
Bring on the next three weeks 🙂 #gillsfam 😉