Inaugural (2017) Western Cape Women’s Football Awards (Presented by Western Cape Sport Publication)By Cheryl Roberts

8 Nov

The women’s football season of 2017 in the Western Cape, has wrapped. League winners, cup champions, LFA champions, regional league winners and promoted teams are known. Some teams are champions, some teams improved their league positions and some teams had a disappointing season. But all would have enjoyed participating in another season of the beautiful game.

I documented, watched and gave much opinion about women’s football being played in the Western Cape, this year. I admire and respect the volunteer officials and coaches who keep the women’s football clubs and teams going throughout the season with many volunteers using their personal money and time to develop girls and women in football.

Many women footballers struggled to attend training because of work commitments and girls and women footballers in gangster-hit areas battled to get to the football field and practise when gang violence dominated their hoods. But they turned up at weekend to play the beautiful game, the sport that makes them happy.

There’s much football talent emerging at junior girl level and young women level. Some Western Cape players are getting national selection for youth and senior teams but talent is also being ignored at national level for international representation.

One of the negatives of the season was the non-payment of Sasol League grants when the season kicked off. Despite clubs being told they would receive their grants early in the season, this didn’t happen. Disgustingly, the first grants were only received in August, months after several rounds of matches leaving the mostly volunteer coaches with the burden of carrying team transport costs. Big up to all the clubs and volunteers who managed to get through the season, despite this financial setback.

This year was one of the toughest and most competitive in the regional leagues of the Western Cape and Sasol League.

Some amazing goals were scored, closely contested matches won and lost.

 

This is my Western Cape women’s football awards list for 2017, presented by my publication ‘Western Cape Sport’ and viewed through my football lens.

 

Western Cape Women’s Football Awards

Player of the Year (Western Cape women’s football)

Ode Fulutudilu (Cape Town Roses)

Top (Western Cape) Senior International Footballer of the Year

Thembi Kgatlana (UWC)

Top (Western Cape) Youth International Footballer of the Year

Lelona Daweti (Cape Town Roses)

Team of the Year

Cape Town Roses

#Coke Cup Champions

#Sasol League Champions

Coach of the Year

Coach Madikane (Cape Town Roses)

 Regional Team Of the Year

University Of Cape Town

 Under 20 Player of the Year

Lelona Daweti (Cape Town Roses)

 Under 17 Player of the Year

Noxolo and Sinoxolo Cesane (Cape Town Roses)

 Under 15 Player of the Year

Chelsea Daniels (UWC)

Under 13 Player of the Year

Litemba (Cape Town Roses)

Legendary Involvement In Women’s Football

Jeffrey Qhuma (Winnies football club)

 Best Improved Teams

Vasco and Burnley (Sasol League)

 Phenomenal Comebacks/Wins

Burnley v Cape Town Roses (Coke Cup)

Santos v Cape Town Roses (Sasol League, first round)

UWC v Cape Town Roses (Sasol League, second round)

 Amazing Moment

13 year old Litemba coming on in the first round league match Cape Town Roses v UWC and scoring the equalising goal for Cape Town Roses with two touches of the ball

 Schoolgirl Player of the Year

Sisanda Vukapi (Cape Town Roses)

Fair Play of the Year

Dangerous Heroes and Manenberg

 Youth Coach of the Year

Priscee (Cape Town Roses)

Celeste (Manenberg)

Top Team Management

University of the Western Cape

Negative Moment of the Year

Sasol League clubs receiving their grants only after the first round of league

Injustice of the Year

Western Cape under 20 players Sisanda and Kanyisa (both of Cape Town Roses) and Faadiyah (Manenberg) not getting a call up to the national u20 training camp

Burnley not receiving any grant money at all throughout the league season

My memorable moments documenting women’s football in the Western Cape in 2017

Football mothers with  children

13 year old girl footballers of Cape Town Roses

And so ends another season of the beautiful game for girls and women footballers in the Western Cape. University of Cape Town women’s football team will play in the 2018 Sasol League and cape Town Roses will represent the Western Cape at the national play-offs in December. The 2018 season is going to be much more competitive than 2017. Whatever didn’t work out for your team this year, use the knowledge, experience and information to empower your presence in the game. Enter the 2018 season with ambition and pride.

23213415_10154803756411901_8507659740010158892_o

Cape Town Roses WFC Western Cape Women’s Football ‘Team of the Year’ (pic by cheryl roberts)

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: