@DomRoman – Dominic Roman
The TULFC articles on TT have smashed it recently (I’ve been concentrating on the wrong team!!), so it’s only right to keep them coming. The team’s profile is deservedly rising as they win game after game and TT are only happy to help where we can!
Personally I’ve loved the enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment of the game that the ladies have in abundance. You can tell there is a superb team spirit and they really do fight for each other. It’s the sort of qualities Gary Owers is trying to instil in the mens team – easier said than done, but I think he’s getting there!
Anyway onto the latest TULFC article and ‘TT Catch Up’ time. Who better to interview in the current squad than star striker Sian Chapman? Super Sian has been smashing in goals left, right and centre this season for the ladies and was happy to answer questions on herself and the rest of the brilliant TULFC team:
DR – The TULFC team have done brilliantly since forming a few years ago; it must be great to play a big part in it?
Sian – Yes I am very proud to be part of this club. We have got off to a great start, currently sitting top of the South West Premier Division. We managed to reach the 2nd round of the FA Cup which is a massive achievement for us, unfortunately losing on penalties to a team above us and just missing out on the 3rd round.
Who inspired you to take up football and how did you end up playing for TULFC?
It was my older brother who got me playing football at a very young age and I have never looked back. In primary school I played for the boys team because the girls didn’t have one; I then got my friends involved to create a girls team because I wasn’t able to play for the boys team long. My first ever football team was Ashmoor Ladies; we were a very successful side winning leagues and cups. Torquay United ladies set up in 2013 and I went along to training and signed up straight away.
How would you describe yourself as a footballer (for those you haven’t been to see you play)?
I’d describe myself as a very attacking hard-working player, always looking to score goals, create chances and link up with my team mates. I am very passionate and I hate to lose.
How enjoyable was it to play and score on the ‘hallowed turf’ of Plainmoor this season?
Playing at Plainmoor was very special for me, it was also a massive occasion playing vs AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup. For a lot of our girls it was the first time which made it extra special and great experience. For me scoring the only goal of the game felt amazing putting us through to the next round. Us girls hope to get the chance to play at Plainmoor again very soon.
You have been banging in goals for fun, what’s your secret and have you got any tips for the TUFC strikers?!
My aim this season is to score as many goals as possible, I have scored 11 goals so far. I have scored some important ones this season and I hope this continues. My secret is to never give up even when the going gets tough, always work hard and fight till the very end. Tips for the TUFC strikers? Building a partnership. Knowing mine and Steph’s partnership is there gives me great confidence, and always believe.
What’s been the key to the team’s success this year and can you win the South West Women’s League?
The key to our success has been our togetherness. The bond we have shows on the pitch, there is no I in this team that’s for sure. We made a few new signings this season which has only given us more strength and options.
Two new members of the management team have also joined Vic and Kendall – Justin Grinsill our coach and Justin Reeve our fitness and goalkeeping coach. They have both helped and developed my game a lot, it’s had a big effect on the team’s game too, so a big thank you to them.
Yes I do think we can win the South West Women’s football league as long as we continue putting in the hard work, as we have a lot of games still to come. Bring it on.
What are your footballing ambitions?
My footballing ambitions this year are obviously to win the South West women’s league and to reach the Devon Cup final. Oh and to keep scoring goals of course.
You and Steph Beck have become a deadly duo upfront (as highlighted by Vicki Fannon on TT) – why do you think it’s become such a prolific partnership?
I think both Steph and I have a great understanding of the game, which makes playing together very easy. Steph was one of the new signings made at the start of the season, and we clicked instantly. Together we have scored and created lots of goals, which makes me very excited to play alongside her for the remainder of the season.
Apart from Steph, which other players should people look out for if they come to a match?
Adele (Rogers), Alex (Sheppard) and Becca (Wakley) have been a brick wall in defence this season, very speedy and strong players who work well together. Stats don’t lie we have only conceded 3 goals, which is the least of any of the teams in our league so far! We have without a doubt best defence in the league. I feel very confident when they are playing, so they are the ones to look out for.
Who are the biggest characters in the TULFC dressing room?
The biggest character for me is Danni Wyatt. She is always making me and the rest of the team laugh, creating a great atmosphere in our changing rooms before and after games.
What do you get up to outside of football – do you play any other sports?
Playing for Torquay United ladies takes up a lot of my time, so it’s hard to play other sports. I have a big interest in Golf and used to play a lot when I was younger – I still get to the driving range when I have time to hit some balls. I also take part in Boxing sessions on a Tuesday night, at the Torquay Elite Community Gym with the team. Gareth our trainer has helped massively with the team’s fitness.
Ladies football is more popular than ever, why do you think that is?
I think schools have helped girls football massively, it’s good for schools to teach girls – as football isn’t just a boys sport. Also a big development in the women’s game is having the FA Cup final played at Wembley, this gives more people the opportunity to go and watch the women’s game now.
Do you go to see the men’s team play and have the club been supportive of TULFC?
Yes! I have become a very big supporter of the men’s team since joining TULFC and I go to as many games as I can. I am a very big fan of Kevin Nicholson – I was absolutely gutted when he left the club. He gave up his own time to help us girls, which we are still very grateful. Legend.
And finally why should United football fans come and watch TULFC in action?
Because we are a great team, our togetherness shows on the pitch – us girls are proud to wear the shirt. We are unbeaten in our last 7 games which is probably our best ever run. Come and watch us girls in a big fight for promotion. #comeonyouyellows