It’s been a long season, that’s a fact. In effect, there’s two pre-seasons, one for the Champions League and the other for the WPL, which means lots of games along the way. TNS Radio kicked off the first week of June last year with a charity game at Park Hall and we finally wound up last Thursday.
That’s an eleven-month campaign, although let me say at this point I’m not complaining. Far from it. Following on from the JD Welsh Cup victory on the Bank Holiday Monday, three days later Sam Thomas and I arrived at the Greenhous Meadow for the final broadcast of our season.
With TNS Ladies taking on their Shrewsbury Town counterparts in the final of the Shropshire Cup, it was a great way to see the sun set on our 2015/2016 radio adventures. Joining us for the big A5 derby was TNS Ladies reserves manager, Ben Richards. Making his debut, he was brilliant and without doubt added to the show.
The game itself was very close and although TNS went 1-0 up courtesy of an own goal, the Shews immediately hit back to ensure it was all-square at the break. Shrewsbury hearts were broken though in the second half, as Emily Ridge popped up to ensure not only was the trophy retained by TNS, but also that the treble was completed in style.
The goal was Emily’s 51st of the season – she has scored more goals than the USA has States. The post-match celebrations were as intense as the men’s team a few days earlier and I again found myself on the pitch armed with my ipad doing interviews. Prior to the game we got Shewsbury manager, Sean Evans, along with Pete Wilson, TNS Ladies’ director of football.
As well as Emily (she’s been an ever-present on the Ladies-focused podcasts so far) we also chatted to captain, Amy Tomei. It was a bitter-sweet evening for her, as due to a recurring injury she has now been forced to retire from the game. At least she went out on a high, so that’s some comfort.
Talking of emotional evenings, we interviewed Joe Thompson for the very last time as manager of TNS Ladies. Having already announced that this would be his final season at the helm, I was really pleased that like Amy, he went out at the very top. I’ve got to know Joe and like any friendship, that will continue long after the working relationship is over.
The podcast, by the way, will be next week’s (episode 37) so as they say, watch this space. In the meantime, to get a feel of what it will be like, check out the latest one that follows the same format but recorded at the men’s final at Wrexham. I must say, I do enjoy doing the podcast and many thanks to Sam Thomas for then putting the clips together for the final release.
I enjoy working with him and so, on behalf of my partner-in-crime, many thanks to everyone for your support over the season. Whether through kind words, listening to the radio show, tweeting us or whatever, at the risk of sounding like an Oscar winner at the podium, we appreciate it very much.
We’ll be back soon though, coincidentally enough for another charity match to be held at Park Hall the first week in June. Again, it will be as celebrity-filled as it was last time. So if you’re a fan of the likes of Emmerdale, again, as I mentioned in reference to the podcast earlier, watch this space.
— Debbie Zagarit (@DebbieSearle) May 5, 2016
I’ll be back next Monday with more Ramblings. In the meantime, enjoy your week and as always, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And although the season has ended, don’t forget to keep checking the club website for news and updates from Park Hall.