Stonnall Juniors U12
Stonnall Juniors U12
Stonnall Juniors U12
This week saw our U10s have a week off ‘traditional’ football training…
Tuesday training was replaced with some sprint mechanics work at the Alexander Stadium and Friday night was our pizza/match footage night. Good luck also to Aidan this weekend for his WBA trial.
Sunday 28 February 2016
Well done to Joseph who scored his first hat trick today for the Stonnall Juniors U10s team. One of the goals started with Bryn winning possession for us deep on the right. Bryn then played through Louis who put Joseph through to score. Good team play, gentlemen! One goal was also a great individual effort, scoring from wide on the right with a well hit shot into the bottom left corner.
Well done all –
A really positive two months for the team. We achieved our goal of winning two matches on a Sunday with the prize to take place in the New Year. Even better were the two clean sheets which are difficult to achieve in Youth football.
To compare to September we drew/won 20% of our matches in November/December that percentage had risen to 40%. That is a really positive achievement. Let’s aim for 50% in January.
November at Leamore was an excellent effort from the players and we had several comments from fellow coaches, spectators and referees about how much the team had improved and their never give up attitude to matches win, lose or draw.
We have had new players: Arthur and Harry and both had added something extra to the team in terms of defence and attack.
As always I am proud of all the players particularly the numbers who turn up for training either on a Tuesday or a Saturday. Even more so those who can make it on both days. The level of commitment has been superb and I want the boys to understand that you need to put effort into anything in life to achieve your goals.
As a team we need to keep working on our defence and making sure we press quickly as well as attacking with pace and continuing to create and take our chances. We are on the right path.
Finally great to see the boys have such a good time at the Christmas social. Their behaviour was excellent and this is an important part of being a team learning to get on with people. Thanks again to Janet and Jim for organising the event.
An extra special thanks to Jim for stepping up as an extra coach, organising man of the match and being a sounding board for ideas.
Your continued support as parents is always appreciated in the cold, rain and wind.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in January.
Never Give Up
Rain in November meant that our fixtures were cancelled for two consecutive weeks at Silverdale although we made up for this with another futsal tournament. Jude got on the scoresheet and proved that goalkeepers always need to be alert – the opposition’s goalkeeper certainly wasn’t expecting our goalkeeper to shoot and score! As a team, we also took the opportunity to attend a Coerver team session this month in addition to those players who practice with Coerver regularly.
Great news this month is that we welcome Aidan into our team. Aidan scored in his first futsal game with a well executed volley from a Joseph cross. His first Sunday appearance saw him get two assists in his first match and a brace of goals in his second. Josh also earned another match ball with hat trick, his third goal from distance capping off a fine display. Elliot has once more been very consistent and has played with intelligence at the back and Jack has impressed this month, continuing to improve both in his game understanding and with his ability to concentrate.
Our topics for the month were Finishing before we worked on Support and Movement. The latter topic really shone through in our two games against Wyrley Lasers and Bustleholme Villains.
October has been a real milestone month for us – it’s the first month where we have remained unbeaten. But it’s important that we don’t get caught up in results and that we keep our two objectives for this season in mind:
1. Improve our ball mastery, esp. use of both feet;
2. Improve game understanding & ability to play multiple positions.
If we do that, the results will take care of themselves. Parents will already be aware that at U10s we don’t always play in a league, with us instead being in pools according to ability. As a team, the aim for our second season together is to push into the upper pools. This time last year we had managed just two wins from our first 14 matches, so to only lose one of our last twelve matches is pleasing. Though I’m happy to lose if we learn from it — hence our futsal where the standard of opposition is high.
We are able to play in three Trophy Events per season and our October fixtures formed the Autumn Trophy Event. Well done for topping our group in the Walsall League (WJYFL) and for therefore reaching the semi-finals in November.
Looking ahead, our training will continue on Tuesdays and Saturdays to keep our 3.5 hours a week going. It’s also pleasing that we have additional players practising with us who already fit in very well with our playing philosophy. I’ll be keeping a keen eye on these guys in time for next season’s 9-a-side format.
Also, a big well done this month to Jude and Louis who have been training with West Bromwich Albion Development Squad U11s (and are therefore playing one year up). Happy Birthday also for this coming month to Jake and Elliot. It’s great that you two are having……… a futsal party of all things 🙂 It shows that you’re enjoying your football and the fact that you’ve invited all your team along shows that we’re making good friends which I hope you will keep for many years to come. So happy birthday, you two 🙂
Let’s keep up our hard work into November. Thanks also to Chris whose help has been invaluable.
Enjoy your football –
Congratulations to coaches Shaun McKenzie and Jamie Hawkes who have completed their FA Level 1 and FA Level 2 coaching badges respectively. This brings the number of Stonnall Juniors FC qualified coaches to five across our three teams.