Westdyke CC 2004's done the unthinkable and had an astonishing undefeated season, finishing at the top of the table with 54 points after 18 wins and 0 draws or losses. We got the chance to catch up with the coaching team of Ellis Renforth and David Buirds to find out how they did it.
Being winners of the league is something that everyone involved in the team can be pleased about. Working hard from the beginning of the season all leads to the season being clinched and being crowned league winners. Ellis and David said this about the team after their league win. "The boys are very pleased with winning the league. They have worked hard throughout the season and to win not only the league but to complete the treble is a fantastic achievement. It's the first time Westdyke Community Club have won the U13s league, so the whole club is pleased. However, I believe this may be the first of many as our younger groups are also very strong. To go unbeaten throughout our whole domestic campaign is also very pleasing." It sounds like the boys at Westdyke, throughout all ages are looking to shock and surprise and we hope they are able to find success throughout the different leagues.
After an undefeated season, picking a favourite moment must have been hard for David and Ellis but they gave it a shot. They commented, "The league decider against Albion on the last day of the season was my favourite moment. I felt like everything we had been working towards came together on the day." Everyone on the team looks forward to going all the way and winning the league and to have it all come together must be an unforgettable moment. "The boys also put on a great performancce in front of a big crowd to run out very deserving 6-0 winners. The result should not be understated as Albion are a very strong team and to control the game in the manner we did was very impressive." Banks O' Dee Albion finished second in the league on 48 points so this game was crucial for Westdyke.
Despite not losing throughout the season, they still had challenges to face. David and Ellis said, "Probably our toughest game this season was early on when we played Dyce in the league at Kaimhill. We decided to go ahead with the game even though we had four boys missing. Three boys pulled up during the warm up so we started the game with nine fully fit boys." A hard task for the squad but the coaches thought there were up for it, and they proved themselves. "We were 1-0 down at half time but all credit goes to the boys as they worked very hard to get back into the game and run out eventual 3-2 winners playing some great football. The boys were fantastic." The boys were able to work hard and show the coaches how dedicated and hard working they could be under pressure.
Finding a reason for a team's success can be a hard task, especially after an undefeated season there can be a number of things that lead up to a teams victories. The coaches said, "We tell the boys to keep it simple, enjoy themselves and play without fear. I think anybody that has watcheed us play will agree that our boys play with a confidence and freedom that is refreshing to watch. This approach underpins everything we have done with the boys since they were six years old. We don't change players out season to season like some teams and this allows us the opportunity to work with the players and develop them over the long term. Having more than half of the squad with us since 2010 is a testament to this." Obviously the team's chemistry is an important factor in the team's success and being undefeated. Having the same squad for a number of years can make all the difference.
There's not many places a team can go after winning the treble and remaining undefeated but David and Ellis have high hopes for the future. They said, "We are looking forward to the next season and relish the challenge. We have the opportunity to add a few new faces to the squad so if anyone fancies the challenge of playing with the treble winners and having a genuine go at the Scottish cup then you know where we are! I think the Scottish Cup has to be a big targer for next season coupled with trying to retain the trophies that we won this year." Hopefully Westdyke can have another successful season and we can see them at the top of the table next year.
David and Ellis had some final comments to add, they said this. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of the boys on their performances throughout the season. They have been a joy to coach and their development goes from strength to strength. Every single one of them has the potential to go far in the game and although i'm biased, they're in the right place to achieve it. I'd also like to guve a huge thank you to the parents for their support throughout the season, none of this could have been achieved without them. Westdyke as a club have been hugely supportive in our fiurst campaign at competitive football and we'd like to thank all the committee and coaches at other age groups who have assisted us wherever possible. It is a true Community Club."
Congratulations to Westdyke on an astonishing season and we wish them good luck for the future.