Football Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
Preseason and Freshers’ Week:
64 players, including eight Freshers arrived in late August for a week of physical, mental and social hard work. The week after, around 100 new players registered at our Freshers’ trials that ran Monday-Thursday of Freshers’ Week. Using what they'd seen over the first two weeks, the coaches with input from their captains, then decided upon their squads for the season.
With the help of a capacity crowd at St. Leonards, we sent all five Dundee teams back across the Tay empty handed, which provided the perfect excuse to celebrate our Varsity After Party in Club 601 that evening. This event was an enormous success, and with the help of Women's Football, we believe we've built a platform to make our Varsity a bigger and better spectacle in the years to come.
Despite a disappointing start at Aberdeen, the 1st Team have gone from strength to strength and are sitting top of BUCS Scottish 2A at Christmas. Therefore, the 1st Team have an exciting second semester ahead, including a 2A title race, an opportunity to retain the Conference Cup, and another chance to win the Queens Park Shield after losing in the final last year.
After back-to-back promotions, the 2nd Team have reached the dizzy heights of BUCS Scottish 3A. However, with Phil Macguire at the helm, and a balanced squad of youth and experience, they have all the tools in place to not only ensure their 3A status, but also go on a cup run to set-up a mouth-watering Conference Cup Final against our 1st Team, at St. Leonards. This would be a huge occasion for the club and is something we are all striving towards.
Although officially our 2nd Team compete in the Fife Amateur Football Association Championship every Saturday, players from other squads have also used these fixtures to impress and get game time. This is a completely different style of football to the BUCS championship, and although results have been mixed, it helps us improve our physicality and experiment in preparation for Wednesday fixtures.
The 3rds have played some great attacking football this semester, and fully deserve their position at the top of BUCS Scottish 5C. They will aim to not only go on and win the title after the break, but also mount a serious challenge for the Scottish Conference Plate too.
The 4ths have put in some very impressive performances this semester and neither they (nor the 3rds) will ever forget their win against our 3rd Team at the start of the season. They might feel slightly hard done by not to be sitting higher than 3rd place in 5C, but will aim to finish the season as high up the table as they possibly can, perhaps doing our 3rd Team a few favours along the way.
Despite mixed results, the 5ths are benefitting both competitively and socially from training twice a week with new coach, Luis Calabria. There is no doubt that their strong chemistry went a long way to securing a derby double against our 6th Team.
It is a testament to the programme, and the attitude of the players and coaches in it, that half of last year's 6th team squad are now playing in higher squads, one of which is playing 2nd Team football. Despite the changes, the 6ths have a settled squad this year and will be hoping to build on more impressive displays, like their 3-1 win over Dundee 5ths.
We have been delighted with the attendance and standard of our development squad sessions that run every Thursday 5-6pm. These sessions provide players of any standard the chance to work towards joining one of our competitive teams, or the chance just to play socially.
Predominantly 1st XI and 2nd XI players will be returning on the 16th January for a week of getting back up to speed. As proven in previous years, this week gives us the best possible chance of success for the semester ahead.
Floodlit Community Programme:
Committee members and 1st and 2nd XI players volunteer every Saturday to help develop local school children's football ability and potential.
Volunteer South Africa and Volunteer Zambia:
Not only do we strive to develop the game locally, but we also have members, both in the male and female sections of the club, volunteering to coach the game and other sports in South Africa and Zambia this summer.
It's been another successful semester both on and off the field. Membership has once again beaten last year's record numbers and social attendance is higher than ever. All of this gives us every chance to succeed in Semester 2.
The Women’s section of the Football Club has had a great start to the 2016-17 academic year, brining in new and old players, and with over 70 registered members. The club has held a few fundraising events throughout the semester, including the Women’s and Men’s Varsity Matches and Afterparty and the Women’s “Blast From the Past” event (both hosted by club sponsor Club 601).
The 1st Team competed in BUCS Scottish 1A league, and ended the semester on a high-note in 3rd place with 5 wins and 3 losses. The 1st Team also competed in their first BUCS Cup match of the year against Manchester. Following their 3-1 victory the team now face Lancaster in the next round. The 1st Team squad will also compete in the Scottish Student Sport (SSS) cup in Semester 2.
At the beginning of the season the Women’s 2nd Team squad admitted many new players, making for an exciting start to the year. The 2nd Team are currently competing in BUCS Scottish 2A league and finished the semester in 5th place with 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses. The squad is putting in a great amount of effort in order to further develop their skills and find more success in the second semester.
This year is the second season the Women’s section has had three teams participating in the BUCS league. As the newest addition to the club, the 3rd Team competes in BUCS Scottish 3A. After four games the team has shown great determination and progress under the coaching of the club’s newest staff member, Olivia Blair. The team will continue in the league next semester and is working hard towards progressing as the club’s newest competing squad.
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