AFC Henley Girls Win Hearts, Minds and New Friends in Denmark

AFC Henley Girls U13s recently concluded an unforgettable end-of-season tour in Denmark, leaving a lasting impression on their opponents and forging new friendships along the way. The team embarked on a series of six matches against three different teams, immersing themselves in the vibrant city of Copenhagen, known for its picturesque streets and stunning architecture.

Their tour kicked off with a match against Bagsvaerd Boldklub (BB) on the scorching hot first-team pitch at Bagsvaerd. Despite a valiant effort from the Hunters backline of Martha Barron, Isla Walsh Smith, Kalypso Vogel and Eliza Browne, BB managed to secure victory with a couple of remarkable individual goals. However, the game ended on a positive note following a brilliant consolation goal from Ava Douglas, after she was put clear by Betty Potter following good work from Isla Walsh Smith and Ava Turner. At the end both teams came together, sharing food and conversation in the BB clubhouse before returning to Copenhagen for the Hunters’ annual awards evening.

On the second day, fuelled by Danish pastries and bacon, the squad faced Herlev HI Fodbold in two games, one against their U12-13 side and another against their U13-14 side. The Hunters quickly established their dominance in the first game, taking a commanding 3-1 lead at halftime, with a goal from Romy Draper and player of the game Izzy Coleman scoring and assisting for Eva Rose Stammers. Stammers completed a hat-trick in the second half, showcasing her prowess as a goal poacher. In the second game, the Hunters faced a more challenging Herlev team but managed to pull off a spectacular goal thanks to a great throw from Eliza Browne, assist from Turner and a rocket shot from Douglas. Stand out defensive performances from Amelia Joao and Walsh Smith, tireless work in midfield from Freya Weatherston, alongside a goalkeeping masterclass from Eloise Askin kept the Herlev strikers at bay and kept the game competitive. Following the matches, the girls enjoyed lunch with their newfound friends before exploring Copenhagen during their leisure time and visiting Tivoli Gardens theme park in the evening.

On the third day, the team travelled to Marie Kruse Skol, where they played against various school teams, losing 2 and winning 1. The highlight of the series was a beautiful lob goal executed by Douglas, assisted by another trademark throw-in from Browne.

As the AFC Henley Girls bid farewell to Denmark, they left with cherished memories, new friendships, and an eagerness to host their Danish counterparts in Henley in the near future.

The AFC Henley Hunters Girls, comprising girls aged 11 to 13 from Henley and its surrounding areas, train and play matches in central Henley opposite Tesco’s. They are led by Jim Weatherston, former professional footballer Mike Turner, and are also coached by former Reading Women’s FC player and former Reading Academy coach Shelley Strange. The Hunters are training all summer and are always open to new players joining their ranks for training or games. Currently, they are specifically looking for a goalkeeper for the upcoming 2024/25 season. For more information, please contact Mike Turner at 077414 86346.

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