U8 Girls

  • The new girls under 8/9’s have taken centre stage at two separate tournaments managed by Sophie and Mark Dugan.

    Having already played in a few tournaments and doing really well, the girls have completely upped their game and have started producing some fantastic football, really putting into practice everything that has been coached and instructed and are starting to look really strong.

    The first win came at the Wargrave Tournament in Reading, the girls came away unbeaten playing six, winning five and only drawing one scoring an impressive 14 goals and only conceding 1.

    The team work and bond that the girls showed was truly great to see with all really enjoying the day.

    The second win came at the Dorset FA Tournament at the County Ground in Hamworthy, winning all but one of the group games with one loss, meaning the girls made it to the final.

    The final saw the girls come up against the team that they lost to in the group stages and put in an impressive performance all round and came away winners.

    Proving that the girls are not goal shy they scored an impressive 27 goals in total throughout the day and only conceded 3 showing that their all round game attacking and defensive has improved so much.

    Moving forward the girls have a few more tournament dates booked in and would love as much support along with the parents as possible, the next is at the AFC Reading tournament on the 16th July so come along to watch some great football.

  • Congratulations to our Girls Under 8 Castles.

    An absolutely outstanding performance from the girls, who played 6 games, winning all of them, conceding just one goal and scoring 13 goals!

    Brilliant team performance from defence to attack - passing the ball through the thirds, showing skills at the right time and taking their chances.

    NFGFL U8 Futsal Tournament Champions

  • The new girls under 8's squad, managed and coached by both Sophie and Mark Dugan have started building a really strong bond, after only being together for around a month.

    The way the girls are prepared to listen and engage within the training sessions is testament to the hard work that is being put in by both of the coaches.

    The girls have recently just taken part in their first ever matches together as a team during two (non competitive) tournaments.

    The first at Thatcham and Newbury Ladies FC, where they played 6 games in total and didn't look out of place at all. in fact playing as though they have been together for a lot longer than a month!

    Each girl played with a smile and had a fantastic day and all walked away being presented with a medal.

    The second tournament was held at Hythe and Dibden FC, playing 5 games in total. The girls came up against some really strong opposition including the current AFC Portchester under 9's that have been together for a while.

    But again it didn't show as the girls dug deep and played as a team and for each other and received a lot of praise from not only other coaches and parents but the days referee, stating how good they all were and that they will be something to watch in the future.

    They all deserved the medals they took home, and looking at both of the days performances we have seen a bunch of girls that given time will really shine and do great things.

    They have all bonded so quickly as a team being around each other, listening to everything that is being taught but most of all really enjoying playing football with a smile.

    The future is definitely bright for AFC Portchester Girls.

  • The under 8’s first game of the season in the New Forest District Girls league saw them face Pace, on a sunny Saturday morning the girls looked up for the game from the first minute with probably one of the fastest goals ever seen, they extended the lead but pace showed determination and got themselves back in the game.

    But with true grit and fight the girls started showing everything they have been taught, breaking away quickly, pressing, passing and attacking really well and coming away with a fantastic result.

    Both teams were a credit to their clubs and showed just what grass roots football is all about and exactly why girls and women’s football is getting so much bigger.

    The under 8’s then travelled to reading the following week to play in one of the leagues mini festivals, playing four games they ended unbeaten scoring a total of 15 goals and only conceding one.

    All the girls throughout the team are really progressing well and developing at such a speed, which is showing in the way they play and really playing football that is beyond their years.

    The future certainly looks good for both sets of girls.

  • Today saw the under 9’s make there first long road trip to Banbury to play Easington Sports in the first league game of the season in the Oxford Mail Girls League.

    After a journey that took over 4 hours round trip they didn’t disappoint.

    Every single girl played amazing football with some great passing and movement throughout and scoring some really good team goals, the game ending with a thoroughly deserved result.

    Easington Sports were brilliant hosts and because of the girls long journey with both coaches and players agreeing they played a second small game and penalties to finish off a very fun and enjoyable morning of football.

    Sophie Dugan who coaches both the under 8’s and 9’s expressed just how good the girls played, saying how proud she was of them because of the girls sense of team work and support throughout, the great passing and decision making, the never say die attitude and above all the will to want to listen and learn which is really showing in all of them.

    Sophie also thanked all the parents for not only taking the girls the distance they had but for the continued support and dedication.

    Watch this space the under 9’s have arrived and are ready to play!