As a long term member, past player and general supporter of Trafalgar Victory FC, I cannot help but be impressed by the rise of the TVFC Senior Women. Agreed, there is much to be delighted with at TVFC: the development of the Senior Men, the continuation of the Girls Only football program, the success of the Under 16 Boys, the determination of the Under 14 Boys and the continual growth of the MiniRoos program.
However, as a fellow coach I greatly admire that way in which Senior Women’s Coach, Tony Wyatt, has his team playing. It’s not just the number of wins achieved in the season to date. Rather it is the game plan and how every play has bought into the coaches’ methodology and vision.
Long gone are the days of the “kick it long and hope approach” often seen in past TVFC Women’s teams. There is patience on the ball, structured movement from the backline and the intent to possess the ball to create space for team mates. In short the girls are playing the best team based and selfless football ever seen at the club.
Coach Wyatt has in excess of 20 registered players at his disposal, and his training program has offered the opportunity for personal development for each and every player on the list. Whilst the starting 11 has varied considerably throughout the season, Wyatt does have a list that has considerable diversity and depth.
The team boasts some very strong footballers such as Amanda Hines, Lizzy Wallace, Tumi Yusuf and Bridgette Wyatt (and the list goes on). However, it has been the continual improvement of players like Claudia Wyatt & Simone Gray that has lifted the standard across the park. Players are interchanged almost seamlessly and each has clarity of their role and responsibilities. The girls are playing for each other and the teams spread of goal scorers every week demonstrates a selfless attitude towards the game.
The ladies are currently sitting 3rd on the LVSL Senior Women’s ladder. Based upon their recent run of form they are well placed to challenge the top 2 teams in the second half of the season. They are also still alive in the league’s Browne/Huizer Cup and eagerly await their Semi Final match against neighbours Newborough-Yallourn.
So to all associated with the TVFC Senior Women’s team I say “well done” upon your achievements and team culture this season to date. I, and all at TVFC, wish you all the very best for the remainder of the season, the Brown/Huizer Cup final series and the end of season final’s series.
For those who haven’t come down and watched the TVFC Senior Women team yet, make sure you do so in the few remaining home games of the season. The Senior Women’s team is well worth the entrance fee alone.
Report by Mark Judd