Charge of the Red Brigade
The 2013 FAWSL season looks like it is going to be as competitive as the previous two seasons, what with the recent acquisitions of Liverpool Ladies. The arrival of England internationals Gemma Bonner, Fara Williams and Natasha Dowie, from Chelsea and Everton respectively, has raised eyebrows among their fellow WSL sides, and is a serious signal of intent from Matt Beard’s outfit that they are keen to change their reputation as the league’s whipping girls. USA international defender Whitney Engen has also joined the Reds, and the bright young talent of Welsh winger Hannah Keryakoplis, the spine of the team looks one of the strongest in the WSL on paper. The Merseyside team released ten players at the end of the recent season, so there is sure to be more additions to come, and with the quality of those already brought in, Liverpool look the side to watch next season.
Euro 2013 Groups decided
England have been drawn alongside France, Russia and Spain in Group C for the Women’s Euro 2013 tournament to be held in Sweden. Their opening match will be against Scotland’s qualification conquerors Spain on July 12th, followed by Russia on the 15th and the French on the 18th. England will be fourth favourites according to the FIFA rankings, behind group rivals France, hosts Sweden and holders Germany, whom England lost to in the 2009 final. England will be hoping to avoid missing out on top spot in their group, as this would lead to quarter final opponents of Germany or Sweden. Recent results have been promising for Hope Powell’s side, with draws in friendlies against France and Sweden, and a qualification win over a good Netherlands side, so confidence will be high going into the tournament.
Youngsters defeated for first time of season
Blues’ u-17 girls were beaten for the first time this season last week, on the end of a 4-1 scoreline away at Leicester, leaving them third in the Midlands Girls Centre of Excellence league behind Leicester on goal difference. Weather permitting, the girls are in action against League leaders and main rivals Villa Ladies on December 1st at Wast Hills, and with Villa currently top with 7 wins from 7, Blues will be hoping to put a stop to that run.