Dunfermline Carnegie youths were out in force on Sunday with two U12 teams, one U14 girls team, one U16 team in Edinburgh whilst at the same time in Dundee we had three U10, two U12 and one U14 team showing us what they could do in the Midland festival.
Our Dundee teams all contained a number of players who were playing their first ever games for us all of whom played well, but more importantly ENJOYED their experience. At U10 we had two players fail to turn up leaving us with just enough for the three teams we had entered – so no rest for anyone with two teams having to play SIX games and the third having to play SEVEN games.
Our U10 players were allowed to choose who they wanted to team-up with and we ended up with the following squads :-
CARNEGIE HAWKS – Emma Hunter, Sophie Ralph, Ellie Ralph and Rachel Jennings.
CARNEGIE SWIFTS – Aidan Johnston, Max Johnston, Frasier Bennett and Chloe Faulkener.
CARNEGIE EAGLES – Gregor Goody, Logan Laing, Izzy Breach and Megan Williams.
Carnegie Eagles were the YOUNGEST and SMALLEST team on show but against all odds gave their all with never a hint of giving up or being intimidated by the bigger opponents and despite failing to win any games on the day they were still smiling and happy at the end which was great to see.
Carnegie Hawks was an all-girls team which performed heroically against the bigger and male dominated opposing teams recording two wins, a draw and three close defeats. Top goal-scorer was Sophie Ralph.
Carnegie Swifts were the unlucky team to have to play seven consecutive games and all with no subs which was a bit of a steep learning curve for them. As the games progressed so did the understanding and skill of our players and in the end three wins, a draw and three defeats was a great effort with two players sharing the top scorer accolade, Aidan Johnston and Frasier Bennett.
In our U12 event we again had two no-shows but Sophie and Ellie Ralph bravely agreed to stay behind from our U10’s so we had two full teams. Both teams struggled a little at first getting to grips with having to defend as well as attack on the quarter sized pitches but both Carnegie Tornados and Carnegie Thunder acquitted themselves well with both squads recording two wins, one draw and one defeat.
Our U14 team was always going to be one player short due to a lack of positive responses but Zara Webb and Jack Kincaid agreed to stay after the U12 event so we were able to take the field with a full team plus a sub, but alas no goalkeeper which proved to be a telling factor due to long range, G.K. saveable, shots eluding defenders sticks on occasions. After our four 18 minute games our team emerged with two wins, a draw and a defeat. With a little more composure on initial receipt of the ball added to our, at times, superb passing and attacking flair we can definitely improve our performance.
Thanks to the parents who agreed to help run our teams without whom we would have been in trouble due to the lack of coaches because of the number of teams we had out on the day at both Edinburgh and Dundee.
We now look forward to the next midland Festival which is on SUNDAY 24th March at Glenalmond College, Perth PH1 3RY.
We look forward to hearing from you, we already have enough volunteers for three U10, two U12 and one U14 team BUT WANT MORE.