Rozel seal title after no show

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Rovers, who remain unbeaten in the league this season, were due to play Portuguese United at Le Couvent on Sunday but the newly-formed side were forced to withdraw from the game due to a lack of available players.

This handed Rovers the three points and, ultimately, the title.

The women’s side have now won all three honours this season, picking up the Zenith Cup, women’s JFA Cup and, now, the league title.

Rozel Rovers captain Danny Da Silva (17), has played for the senior side for two years, and believes the standard of the women’s game is ‘constantly improving’.

‘It has been a great year for the club and many of the other teams have challenged us throughout. We have an amazing group of girls and we are such a tight-knit bunch made up of older and younger players,’ she said.

‘The most special moment for me was lifting a trophy at Springfield in front of a crowd. All the girls have been so supportive of me as captain, even though I’m one of the youngest in the squad.

‘My personal goal for next year is to improve my communication as captain and to ensure we remain compact as a side and don’t let many goals in.’

Rozel forward Hannah Campbell has played women’s football in the Island on and off for ten years.

She believes that more girls are getting involved in the sport from a young age, which is helping to raise the standard of the women’s game in the Island.

‘There is definitely a growing interest in the women’s game over here. It is going in the right direction and it means that each game we play is a challenge as the standard is so good,’ she said.

Campbell praised her younger team-mates and believes her side will go from strength-to-strength next season.

‘We have such a great group and we are all so in sync with each other both on and off the pitch. I think it is one of the main reasons we have performed so well this season,’ she said.

Rozel Rovers women’s coach Tim Pryor said the women’s game was in a ‘good place’.

‘We have got some great players coming through and a lot of the clubs have set up girls’ academies, which helps create a pathway to the senior game. Hopefully the Guernsey sides will be able to get back over next season as I think that variation in competition is key to keeping players excited as you don’t want to play the same team every other week,’ he said.

Pryor, who made 17-year-old Da Silva club captain earlier this season, believes his younger players are beginning to step up and act as role models.

‘Danny always sets an example and it is great to see the young girls so passionate about the game,’ he said.

‘We have been so consistent throughout the season and next year we will be looking to build on that and maintain that level of consistency.’

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