May 312014
 

We have an occasional feature on our site called Tekkers where we showcase some great technical skills by great players. This post is more than a Tekkers post though because it features the player who is arguably Scotland's finest women player at the moment – Kim Little.

Kim, who at 24 already has 100 caps for Scotland, recently moved from Arsenal in the English Womens Professional League to Seattle Reign who play in the National Women's Soccer League in the USA. She is now playing in the same team as the superb Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo who both have World Cup winning medals!

This video profiles Kim and she talks about her experiences from beginning to play football, her desire to win and what life is like as she takes on her new challenge in the USA.

Here is a short highlight video of a recent match against Western New York Flash, a team who have the indomitable Abby Wambach in their ranks! Watch out for a cracking goal by Kim Little though!

Most certainly a Scottish player to inspire future Scottish internationals who train and play on the parks of Scotland week in and week out. Best wishes from all the players and coaches at Monifieth Ladies to Kim for continued success at her new club.

Thumbnail photogarph copyright of Scottish FA. Accessed 10/05/2014 via http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=2986

May 312014
 

gothiacuplargeMonfieth Ladies FC just found out this week that we have been given the honour and the responsibility of being the flag bearers for Scotland at the opening ceremony of the Gothia Cup in Sweden this summer. What brilliant news for our girls and the club!

The Gothia Cup is the world’s largest international youth football tournament. Each year, around 1600 teams from 80 nations take part and they play 4500 games on 110 fields. It’s the teams, and participants from around the world that make the tournament unique. A meeting place for the world’s youth, irrespective of religion, skin color or nationality, with football as the common denominator. Gothia Cup was first held in 1975. The tournament was started by the football associations BK Häcken, GAIS and a local newspaper but has been owned since the early 80′s entirely and solely by BK Häcken. Through the years, almost a million players from a total of 140 countries have participated in the tournament. In 2014 the organisers celebrate the success of their event and their 40 year anniversary!

This year there are are 2 teams representing Scotland in the 2014 Gothia cup. Hearts are representing the boys and Monifieth Ladies FC U15 will be representing the girls. The week long world youth international football festival is from 12 th July to 18th July 2014.

Roll on July 🙂

Mar 242014
 

We were delighted to see that some of the girls from our U15 team were part of the Monifieth HS team who participated in and won the Scottish Schools Heptathlon event on Friday 21st March at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow. The school was  representing Tayside as the regional champions, Monifieth HS competed really well by all accounts and took the title with a narrow 6 point victory over Harlaw Academy (Grampian) and 3rd placed Balfron High School (Central).

MLFC under 15 players who represented Monifieth High School were Molly Hughes, Eirinn McCafferty, Georgie Simpson, Kaitlin Dorward and Rachel Wanless.  Congratulations to the girls on a fantastic achievement.

Jun 072013
 

Monifieth Ladies FC are more than happy to have players from all over to come and play with them but we do have a number of players who come from, or live very close to, Monifieth. This being the case many of them go to the local school Monifieth HS. We were delighted to see that their girls football team were victorious in the recent schools cup competiton.

Several of the current 13’s & 15’s squad were included in the Monifieth High School team on Wednesday 5th June that beat Websters High School to win the Angus Schools Junior Cup at Station Park, Forfar.  A 4-0 win took the shield back to Monifieth HS for the first time since the competition commenced six years ago.  Two goals from one of forwards Emily Younger helped the team to secure the win. Monifieth Ladies FC was represented by Molly Curran, Rachel Wanless, Leah Marshall, Eirinn McCafferty, Louise Christie, Emily Younger and Georgie Simpson, who played the full match despite a suspected broken toe!

Well done girls and well done Monifieth HS on your success!

Jun 072013
 

In this latest Tekkers post aimed at developing our technical skills we have chosen to focus on the powerful and rather fantastic American forward Abby Wambach. Abby has been a stand out player for the USA national team for a number of years and is a prolific goal scorer as well as a great striking partner and all round team player. She is particularly famous for scoring an extra time winner in the 2004 Olympic Games final against Brazil AND she has scored over 100 goals in international matches.

One thing that stands out about Abby, apart from her ability, is her attitude to the game. On her website she offers this advice to any player starting out in the game:

Yeah. It’s not going to be easy. It’s not simple. It’s hard work. The sport itself is difficult to learn. I mean, look at us. We’re still making mistakes and we’ve been at it for the past 20 years. My advice to any newcomer is just to be patient and to work as hard as you can, because if you work as hard as you can, you won’t be able to look back with regrets. That’s how the women on this national team got here.

Great advice there! In this video Abby details the technique she uses to hit the ball very hard – a power shot as she calls it. Have a look and see if you can begin to improve the way that you strike the ball.

Get practising and maybe we can see some power shots raining in on the goals of our opponents on a Saturday morning!

(Photo Credit: Martin Meissner, Associated Press, via. AP caption: United States forward Abby Wambach celebrates after scoring the winning goal against France on Wednesday.)

May 132013
 

Kim Little in actionPFA Awards: Arsenal’s Kim Little named Women’s Player of Year

Arsenal Ladies midfielder Kim Little was named the inaugural winner of the Professional Footballers’ Association Women’s Player of the Year award. 


The 22-year-old has been a regular for her club since arriving from Hibernian six years ago. The Scot was part of the British Olympic team that reached the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympics.

A great role model for our players to look up to. Here she is scoring a rather nice goal for her current team.

* Image used courtesy of Arsenal FC