I have to start by congratulating England Women on their amazing quarter-final victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
I stayed up late on Saturday night to watch the Lionesses knock out the host nation Canada.
Jodie Taylor, who has only recently returned from knee surgery, was my player of the match.
I thought she ran her socks off and put in a great shift for the team. I have to give a shout out to former Sunderland player, Lucy Bronze, who scored England’s second goal.
Lucy is having a dream World Cup. I also have to mention Steph Houghton and Jill Scott – all of the girls are doing both England and the North East proud. Not sure what is going on with Jordan Nobbs – she clearly has some kind of injury, but I’m sure Jordan, above, will soon be back to her best.
The win means that the Lionesses fly to Edmonton to take on reigning champions Japan later today (well midnight to be precise!).
After watching the Canada game, I think they can definitely go all the way and make history.
You can tell there is a real buzz around the team and they have a togetherness that makes them really difficult to break down. Japan are a technically gifted team and it will be a tough game, but I am definitely going with another England win.
Back to SAFC Ladies. I am sure many of your will have read that we recently signed Puskás Award runner-up Stephanie Roche. Stephanie, pictured, is only the sixth women to have ever been nominated for goal of the season and the first to reach the finals and we welcome her to the club.
Away from football – Wimbledon started this week, and by the time you read this Andy Murray should have had his first win of the tournament and be safely through to the second round.
No doubt I will be dusting off my tennis racquet at some point and heading down to the park for a game with some of the lasses!
Before I sign out, don’t forget to keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter pages for competitions to win tickets and other exclusive prizes.
Last week, one lucky follower won a signed pair of my gloves in our #GK competition on Twitter.
We hope to see as many of you there as possible on July 12 when we play Notts County.
Your support has been incredible so far and makes all the difference when we are out there on the pitch.
As well as supporting your local women’s team, it will be a great chance to see some of the England players who will be back and playing for Notts County and, of course, the chance to see our own latest signing Stephanie Roche.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at fawsl.sunderland/tickets priced at £4 adults and £2 for concessions or are available on the gate priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions.