It is always a very sad time of my school calendar when we farewell our senior footballers for the last time. Our football family loses its mentors and mother figures, as these girls have kicked their last Fillies football together this week. They enter the Hall of Fame in our Glennie Football world as they follow the greats that have gone before them.
This is a particularly special group of girls, who started their footballing careers in the Junior Development team six years ago, they have journeyed as a group through highs and lows together over the years, never wavering their commitment or dedication. I can count on one hand, the TOTAL number of times these girls have collectively missed training. That is quite a feat.
Bella Mott, Becci Roellegen, Georgia Barnes, Veronica Fischer and Alyssa Baker - you leave a very big void in our team, one that will never be filled in exactly the same way. You have given me so much more than I have ever given you on the field and I am very grateful to have been on this journey with you. As Miss Arok said at our farewell this week, she is "privileged" to have worked with these girls this year.
When I look back at our time together, I well up, not with sadness but with the hilarity that I have come to know each Monday and Thursday afternoon. The laughs we have shared, or our catch phrases, or your formal partner choices who need to be approved by the whole team, will never be forgotten.
I thank you for the very important roles you have all played on and off the field. You have guided, mentored, coached, agonised, and been the shoulder to cry on for the girls below you. Do not ever underestimate the impact you have had on the players in the football program and the void you leave behind, but most of all....keep footballin'!
Although this is the end of the Fillies journey for this year, our Red Lions Cup dreams are very much alive with two out of three wins in the pool games played this term. Term 4 will see us through to the finals we hope!
I would finally like to thank Bella Mott for her exemplary leadership as Co-Captain of Football this year, and for what has been our Fillies trademark quote, "We started as a team and we ended as a family".
I would like to give a special mention to the incredible talents of Izzy Harris, who is also Co-Captain of Football. Izzy has played at the highest level of women's Football for a staggering number of years now. It is rare to commit to playing at this level for so long and to be at the top of your game consistently as Izzy has. Appearing for the NPL Thunder Women this year, Izzy has made her mark on the game in this region. A talented and versatile player, she never disappoints. Due to the FFA rules, Izzy is ineligible to play for the Fillies team due to her rigorous training demands for Thunder, but she is permitted to play in our representative competitions, such as the Red Lions Cup and the Bill Turner Cup. Izzy has had an incredible career playing for Glennie. She has consistently been part of all representative competitions, with a highlight of winning the Red Lions Cup as one of the youngest players. She will be missed by all of us and leaves an almost unfillable hole in our representative teams. Thank you Izzy for all that you have done for Glennie football!
One final thank you is to the wonderful team of coaches I have had this year.
We are exceptionally blessed to have had Miss Apat Arok join the team and connect with the Fillies in her very own unique way. You have inspired all around you, Miss Arok, and we are so very grateful that your journey led you to us.
To Jordan, our Juniors coach, congratulations on a very successful season with this team. We are also very lucky to have had the opportunity to have a player with so much experience and knowledge help our girls improve. We wish you luck as the COVID restrictions lift and you potentially head back to the UK to resume your football career.
To Miss Stacie Broom. This is the end of an era. You have been by my side since I can remember and as you embark on your new career in nursing, I struggle to imagine Football or Futsal without you! You have given so much of your time, you have put your heart and soul into everything that you have done and have always put the girls first. We have seen you go through four knee surgeries, rehab after rehab, but you never ever waivered your support for the girls. You will be missed, Miss Broom, but we know you are going to make one heck of an incredible nurse!
Well done to both the Junior and the Fillies teams for a strong season and for the dedication and commitment you have shown to Football this year.
Mrs Susan Watts
Head of House - Tufnell
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