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Factually incorrect. 25th March, Liverpool v Sunderland, attendance 1014. 1st April, Sunderland v Man City, attendance 1433.

England International Football / Re: England v Germany
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:21:10 AM »
Great post WFA. I was a bit bewildered by Sampson's tactics/team choice etc as it didn't look like he had a game plan and when things went wrong, reverted to crisis management. Not something you would expect from an experienced national manager.

The FA WSL 2 / Re: FA WSL 2 fixtures
« on: October 12, 2014, 12:18:46 AM »
No, all 15 of us did not care a t**s what the Sunderland fan said thanks for asking thank you. Bar was a bit cool though.

Women's Football / Re: Durham Women 2-0 Aston Villa Ladies
« on: October 12, 2014, 12:07:10 AM »
Donny played Durham tonight and came out on top 2-0, but in true Donny fashion, Doncaster performed but could not put goals away. Durham are steady and play organised football and could do well next season if they get a bit more experience under their belts with a couple of more experienced heads in the squad.
Donny as usual exhibited massive talent throughout the squad, played some lovely possession football but could not finish. Thats what will lose them the league and promotion.
Sunderland are consistent in their play and their squad. Reading score for fun. Donny do neither, but player for player, I think have the best squad in WSL2.
So what's the problem? I think I know.

The FA WSL 2 / Re: FA WSL 2 fixtures
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:19:11 PM »
Who or what's "gone a bit quiet"? I don't follow.

Anyway, gutted we didn't get anything from that game, as they were there for the taking, especially in the first half - they were poor. Can't say we were fantastic either tbh, some players looked a bit nervous, seemingly the occasion getting to them maybe. I don't really want to elaborate too much as i don't like singling out players, but one player (a defender) i'm a massive fan of as she's normally so cool and composed looked scared of the ball at times.

We could have scored a couple though, some great last ditch defending saw what looked like a certain goal cleared of the line and then two or three Sunderland players not able to stick it in!

Then Donny came out in the second half and pretty much ran the show, us looking even more nervy than we did in the first half. Don't get me wrong we still had chances, the normally clinical Abbey Joice missing our best chance, but it just wasn't to be. It might be a blessing in disguise our last two games are away tbh.

Excellent turn out btw, surely a WSL 2 record?
No problem, its just that there is usually a flurry of activity on the forum after a Sunderland game and I do enjoy reading your comments, but there was nothing there. Yes I agree with Sylvain, Sunderland will win the WSL2 league. Donny are consistently inconsistent and that doesn't win silverware.They have a team of very talented players, most of whom do not play in their ideal position. It was a good and entertaining game , worthy of any WSL1 match. Only downside was being told " go to hell with your bells". Hey ho! Happy times!

The FA WSL 2 / Re: FA WSL 2 fixtures
« on: October 05, 2014, 10:51:17 AM »
Just checking that my internet connection is working as it has all gone a bit quiet following last nights' game at Sunderland.
Fantastic game. Amazing turnout. Sunderland will still win the league, but pride restored in South Yorkshire.

The FA WSL 2 / Re: On this day...
« on: September 01, 2014, 01:38:39 PM »
I was at the game, Sylvain, and you can see what I thought. But maybe I have a more bitter view than you having watched this develop throughout the season, and perhaps inside info has clouded my perceptions.

The FA WSL 2 / Re: On this day...
« on: September 01, 2014, 01:33:46 PM »
Well not according to the DRB twitter feed who complained about Reading hoofing it long to Fran Kirby on more than one occasion  ;)

So if you're happy to call that football i'm more than happy to call two teams being passionate and committed and not being afraid to go in strong on each other football too  :D
To be honest I think it was a one off for Sunderland. You don't win the title for 3 seasons and beating everybody consistently by being physical.

And the Belles person has not seen the same game as us  :o

The FA WSL 2 / Re: On this day...
« on: September 01, 2014, 01:30:39 PM »
I think Sunderland will go up now, easy. But, there is such a massive difference between WSL 1 and 2, I think they will get a bit of a shock unless they recruit some players. Moving on, the score on Saturday was flattering, it could have been 6 nil. Some of DRB just didnt want the ball, some were unfit, some had no direction. Just cos you are semi pro, does not mean you put 50% effort in to prep. Saturday was wake up time for the whole squad, management and fans. We were found out too late in the season to sort it and think we will drop more points before the end. Stuff playing good football. Put somebody fast and strong and technically good on Fran Kirby and stop her getting the ball. Other teams have managed to do it. This is not a development league. We needed to win any way we could. Remember last season when we were 3 nil up against Bristol at half time? Did we park the bus? Oh no we did not. Lost 3 - 4. Bet that helped the new England manager. He should have sent a thankyou letter to Belles.
Hope Sunderland get a good sponsor to allow players to train full time, to recruit a few more to strengthen the squad and rattle a few cages in WSL 1 next season. Good luck.

The FA WSL / Re: I want Kerr out !
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:31:54 AM »
The other week, watching donny v Reading, I noticed that Readings style of play reminded me very much of the Arsenal ladies style of yore. Wonder where they got that from. Attractive football even though they lost.

England Cup Competitions / Re: FA WSL Continental Cup 2014
« on: May 15, 2014, 11:37:22 PM »
Tonight, Belles went 2 down to sunderland and were worthy winners. If they play like that for the rest of the season, then promotion is guaranteed. A pleasure to watch an organised and committed team. Belles did not turn up for most of the 90 mins.

Players / Re: Ellen white
« on: April 27, 2014, 05:17:14 PM »
Proposed causes for a higher incidence of knee ligament injury in women compared to men are differences in physical condition, muscular strength, and neuromuscular control. Actual cardiovascular fitness has no effect, so the fittest person in the world can get an ACL injury if they are not up to speed with preventative and gender related conditioning. Also, differences in pelvic shape and size are thought to cause changes in leg alignment compared to men and so effective and appropriate S & C is again important to women athletes.
Generally, joint mobility/laxity is better in women. Oestrogen  levels are higher in women and fluctuate throughout the cycle and oestrogen is known to soften ligaments, particularly noticeable in late pregnancy when the pelvic ligaments soften and allow stretching for delivery. I think the issue of timing of knee ligament injuries related to the female reproductive cycle is being looked at currently.
However, managers,physios, S & C coaches etc all should know this and take appropriate steps to reduce the incidence. Being fit does not absolve you from injury and there will always be knee ligament injuries in footballers and more of them will be female. 

The FA WSL 2 / Re: FA CUP Birmingham v DRBLFC
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:11:52 AM »
I agree but am sure that the ref only had eyes and ears for briminam. The match was full of off the ball incidents, which the ref did not see and was not interested in sorting out. Yellows handed out to donny but similar incidents by briminam not punished. They are certainly a very accomplished and professional squad when it comes to acting and their performance in that department was eerily close to some of the stuff you see in the mens' game which is a shame because we have always been proud of the honesty and integrity in the womens' game so far.
Not saying that's why they won, they are a good team and probably deserved to win on balance. But, the abusive incident from the bench happened after donny supposedly fouled a briminam player next to the technical area, and the bench, coaching staff, players and nearby fans was in uproar. It would be a brave ref not to yellow card the donny player and funnily enough, a 4th official who would have witnessed the foul and the subsequent verbal attack was not present as far as i could see. Maybe that's why there was no injury time either?!

The FA WSL 2 / FA CUP Birmingham v DRBLFC
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:57:43 PM »
Today, Birmingham City Ladies won their round of the FA Cup. However, their football consultant verbally abused a Doncaster player, and when approached by the Donny captain, shouted his apology across the pitch during play. He did not approach the player to personally apologise later. The abuse was unprofessional and insulting and had the desired effect by reducing a very tough and committed kid to tears and rendering her game ineffective for some time. No action was taken by officials who also by the way allowed the game to finish without injury time or any announcement of it. Oh by the way, the officials also doled out yellows to 3 donny players for blatant dives from briminam. Will the football consultant get a yellow or two or three or even a RED! HaHa. Do the FA care? Answers appreciated. Oh by the way, briminam fans say we were better than arsnl. 

Women's Football / Re: Where to Watch?
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:28:33 PM »
Yep, at least watching it on tv is better than not seeing it at all, ever. Is that ok Raefil?

The FA WSL 2 / Re: Pre Season Friendlies
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:24:18 PM »
Last nights' friendly at Nottingham Trent Uni;-
Notts County 0-0 Donny. Pretty even match really although key players missing from both teams.

The FA WSL 2 / Re: Pre Season Friendlies
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:00:53 AM »
What the report does not mention is that the referee apologised to Gordon Staniforth at the end of the game for awarding the corner which resulted in Liverpools' goal. Apparently he made an error. Yea, I know its only a friendly and yea, Donny don't have a goalie, but thats WSL 2 for you!

Off Topic / Re: Censored Question to Women Play Sport 2013 Conference
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:14:13 AM »
Thought a forum was a platform for debate, not an opportunity to be be offensive. It's all food for thought though, don't you think? Football in this country is basically run by the FA  who have only just begun to think vaguely laterally and minimally outside the box. Their priority is clearly mens' football with token gestures towards the womens' game, and that includes the recent reorganisation of WSL with its concomitant funding changes at certain clubs. People may love the game as it stands but you surely cannot disagree that there have been some very dodgy happenings across the board. I don't mean that the game format should be drastically changed to accomodate women, but just to open minds a bit. Football in this country is run mainly by men for men. To introduce a game for mixed teams probably would spoil both the mens' and womens' game as we know it. Better I think to integrate girls and women at suitable times in their career for strengthening/training purposes which seems to be what other countries do successfully.
PS. My comments are not directed at previous posts, just generally at the thread of this topic

Off Topic / Re: Censored Question to Women Play Sport 2013 Conference
« on: February 02, 2014, 02:40:34 PM »
Playing men v women (football) has its uses, but is pointless at a pure competitive level due to massive discrepancies of speed and strength. I have seen a good girls team destroy a boys team at U14 level, but a high % of the boys were still lagging behind the girls in maturity, which is the norm at this age. Girls in mixed teams at junior school age fit in well and can compete equally with the boys. It all becomes pointless as they progress into mid/late teens. However, well organised friendlies against mens teams, purely for training purposes are very, very useful for women, giving insight into how quick the game can be, improving match fitness and technical skills. And thats only a good mens local league team. Now funding and wages for women-that's another thing, but you have to put it into perspective:- in my profession, I am equal in all aspects to my male colleagues and that's because I have the same qualifications and work just as hard as the guys and we share out the bad stuff equally. If I wasn't as competent or qualified (equating to strong and fast) as my colleagues, then I would expect to be paid less. In my profession, this applies to all sexes, religions, ethnicities. The problem is that womens football is way,way behind men in funding,wages etc and that is where we should be focussing our energy, not in making a noise about level playing fields in competitions. There is a petition going around at the moment to get the FA to increase funding for womens football at grass roots level. It's a start.

The FA WSL 2 / Re: Belles v Bristol
« on: September 29, 2013, 08:20:16 PM »
Apologise again, Les Belles SONT mort, vive Les Belles

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