Slice of Cheese

Ulverstone crowned 2021 Northern Championship winners

Photo: Molly Appleton

Written by Olivia Clayton

Ulverstone take out the 2021 Northern Women’s Championship Cup after they won all but one match this season when they went down 6-3 to Riverside Olymipic in round ten.

“We knew we had the ability to do well along with the need to prove ourselves after the disappointment of being omitted from the Super League competition. We had a point to prove and we were ready to fight for it. We think this spurred us on and helped us develop a close knit and cohesive team,” said Ulverstone players Lucy Reimer and Emily Nellis.

“We think that what worked well for us was that everyone in our team was more than capable of creating goal scoring opportunities. We were able to support each other taking the pressure off individuals and focusing on creating the play up the field and controlling the game.

“We don’t think that there was anyone on our team that didn’t improve including ourselves. Along with some of our previous Super League players we had the benefit of some really fantastic youth players that pushed us to develop. As a team we made a supportive environment that encouraged self improvement, learning from mistakes and having fun playing a sport we love.”

Reimer finished the season with 29 goals and runner up in the competition’s overall goal scoring. Sophie Wilson also made it to the top five scorers for the 2021 season after she scored 21 goals. However, there were many others in the team that were reliable scorers for the side. The club puts down the shared goals to a ‘generous squad of mixed abilities’.

“Almost every player on our list scored at least once during the season. Of course, having a great defence line headed by Emily gave us the platform to build our momentum forward,” said Reimer.

“The culture that we have been able to develop around the team as inclusive and supportive has helped us work together on and off the field and we will pursue this goal in coming seasons.”