Review of Year
Orkney Under 12's v Shetland, May
The number of girls playing football in Orkney is on the increase and at the OYDG we are very fortunate to have several coaches dedicated to the girls section. Jo Bamford and Karen Allan coach the Under 12's and Under 15's with assistance from Joseph Coyle and Raymie Norquoy. Sessions have stopped for the winter but will resume early in the New Year. Due to the changes implemented since the last OYDG full meeting, from 2019 the Intercounty squads will be Under 11's, Under 13's and Under 15's.
Girls as young as 5 years old are taking part in the Fun 4s and Super 5s which sees our youngest section catering for Primary 1 to Primary 4 in the Under 7's and Under 9's age groups which starts up again at Picky on Saturday 10th November, coached by Michael Swanney. For many years now girls have taken part in the Primary Indoor League playing alongside the boys. The girls East v West has been played since 2016 and this season they will be competing for the brand new Zara Cup donated by Steven R Paterson Ltd, sponsor of both the A and B East West games.
East Primary Girls
The Under 12's and Under 15's train together. In May two Under 12's teams played in friendly matches against Shetland. And in August the Under 15's girls played in a 7 a side tournament against Shetland teams. The Under 15's then played their first Intercounty match against Shetland in Orkney on Sunday 19th August competing for the brand new Pilkington Tait Cup, kindly donated by Lorraine Pilkington-Tait of Café Lolz. The Orkney side was fielded by a StromWest select 11 a side team and though they lost to Shetland, they gave a superb performance. Amanda Wilson is coach for the Stromwest team and Karen Allan is coach for the Kirkwall team, with Dave Macpherson helping coach both teams.