In March 2012 the All Hallows Catholic School, representing Aldershot Town, were crowned National Under-13 Girls Champions following a fine success on the hallowed turf of Wembley.
The girls had reached the final after progressing through local, regional and area finals which started in October 2011. The final was played in advance of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final between Swindon Town and Chesterfield.
Dorothy Usher gave the Shots an early lead against Whitby School, who were representing Tranmere Rovers on a sun drenched afternoon in north west London. However the Wirral based girls soon levelled through a fine goal from Eden Richardson.
There were no further goals by the end of full time and a penalty shoot out was required to decide the outcome. An exciting and nervous finale was concluded with Shots keeper Tamsin de Bunsen making the all important save to ensure an Aldershot victory (3-2 on penalties) whose penalties were scored by Tamsin, Dorothy Usher and Lauren Kilbride.
Jubilant Shots skipper Tamsin de Bunsen lifted the trophy presented by NPower’s Heather Tyrer in the Royal Box with family, friends and school Headmistress looking on.
Aldershot Town Football In The Community Manager Kirk Wheeler was also in attendance and spoke to Premium Shots afterwards. He said,
“This is a fantastic achievement for the school and the girls. We are really pleased that they have flown the flag for Aldershot Town Football Club and the Community Trust. The girls and school have been a real joy to work with and this is just rewards for their tremendous efforts. We hope to continue to foster links with All Hallows.”
Four of the girls who played in the final are eligible to play in the tournament again next year and this should ensure that the school can continue to develop girls football with the success achieved having a positive impact upon the schools P.E. curriculum.
“It was also great to see the previous Club Chairman Kris Machala in attendance and he was there to welcome the girls as they walked up the steps to collect their medals and the National trophy. The Chairman of the Community Trust Malcolm Wood, the Headmistress of All Hallows School and family and friends of the girls were also present to provide fantastic support and share in the momentous occasion.”
The girls also created their own history as no Aldershot team has ever reached a Wembley final.
The Girls Cup is a tournament for junior footballers from schools across the country that is delivered by the community schemes at 72 clubs on behalf of the Football League and Football League Trust. Over 1000 teams entered the competition.