Weekly update of what has been happening at the club this week....
GILLS LADIES MAKE IT THREE WINS OUT OF THREE
Gillingham Ladies had two games this week, firstly they were on the road to face Denham Utd LFC in the FA Women’s Premier League on Sunday, May 1. Manager Jack Wheeler made three changes with Katie Hardaker, Fiona Constable and Megan Maslak returning to the starting lineup. Gills Ladies dominated possession particularly in the second half and were clinical with their chances to take all three points back to Kent through goals by Katie Hardaker, Kallie Balfour and Jade Keogh.
For full match report click here.
Secondly Gills Ladies welcomed Enfield Town LFC in the FA Women’s Premier League on Wednesday, May 4. Manager Jack Wheeler made two changes with Ashleigh Loosemore and Shannon Redhouse returning to the starting lineup. Gill Ladies dominated possession but it took until early in the second half for Gills to take the lead through Jade Keogh. This goal was enough to secure all 3 points and move Gillingham up to second in the league table.
For full match report click here.
Gills Ladies final home game of the season is against Old Actonians LFC in the FA Women’s Premier League on Wednesday, May 11. Good luck girls and we look forward to seeing all our supporters.
GILLINGHAM LADIES PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Gills Ladies players joined the rest of Gillingham FC at the annual end of season awards ceremony held at Priestfield. The first two awards of the evening saw manager Jack Wheeler announce Rachel Ahern as player of the year and Courtney Shanly as young player of the year.
For more on the awards click here.
GILLINGHAM LADIES SOCIAL MEDIA GOAL OF THE SEASON VOTE
We have seen some terrific goals this season at Gillingham Ladies. Now though is the tough part, have your say in which goal you as our fans think is the best of the season. Watch the highlight video of our selected nominations and vote now by clicking here. Voting closes on 13 May.
OPPORTUNITY TO BE MATCH DAY MASCOTS FOR GILLS LADIES
The Kent Girls and Ladies League have joined forces with Gills Ladies to offer all affiliated clubs within the Kent Girls and Ladies League a unique opportunity to be Gills Ladies match day mascots.
If you would like your team to have the chance to experience this fantastic opportunity next season please contact Jenny Wallbank, firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information on this opportunity please click here.
GILLS LADIES NEXT FIXTURES
Wednesday, May 11 (kick off 8pm) – Old Actonians LFC – FA WPL South East Division One (Home)
Sunday, May 15 (kick off 2pm) – Norwich City LFC – FA WPL South East Division One (Away)
For full fixture list please click here.
GIRLS CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
This week the Girls Centre of Excellence held their End of Season Celebrations at the first team training ground at Beechings Cross in Gillingham. After fun on the pitch it was down to the serious job of presenting the awards and announcing who the Players Player of the Year was for each squad.
All the girls had voted for whom they thought had made a significant contribution to their squad throughout the season and deserved to be recognised for their efforts, the winners were;
U17s – Mia Hyland
U15s – Mienna Ginman Raby
U13s – Phoebe Wilkinson
U11s – Cally Evans
U9s – Tilly Corteen-Coleman.
It’s been another great season at the Centre and as always it’s fantastic to see the improvement and development of the girls. Thank you to all the players, parents and the staff for their on-going efforts, hard work and commitment that they’ve show throughout the season and for making the Centre such a success on and off the pitch, it couldn’t be done without you and the Club and Trust can’t thank you enough.
It’s also a very sad time as the Centre says goodbye to the U17s, some of whom have been with the Centre a number of years, they’ve been a brilliant group and have become not just very strong players but also amazing role models and we are very proud of them all. A number of them will still be involved in the Girls Academy and or Gillingham Ladies and we look forward to seeing them all continue their journey in the adult game.
U17s keeper, Katie Startup and her England teammates got off to a great start at the Women U17 UEFA Finals in Belarus with a 3-2 win over Norway. It was a nail biting encounter for the spectators who saw England take a two goal lead, only for Norway to level it up with two goals in the space of four minutes in the second half, England dug in deep though and scored a late winner to secure top spot in the group after game one. Up next England face hosts Belarus tomorrow in Minsk, KO 4:30pm FET, good luck girls.