It was a season of statistics for Edina Hibs CFC U14’s as they convincingly navigated their way to the SERYFL Division one title. Usually when a team accumulates a large number of these positives statistics, it means only one thing. They are on form and on route to success. That was indeed the case for Edina Hibs CFC as they managed week after week to stack wins on top of wins accompanied with goals and star performances.
They took maximum points from 16 out of 18 games, conceded only seven times in the league and had six players who scored over ten goals throughout the season. A surge of confidence and optimism undoubtedly lead the Edinburgh side to clinching the league title.
Club chairman Scott Bonar openly admitted that winning the league title was not within the season ambitions for the squad, so you can imagine the delight, not only of the players but the coaching staff, parents and the club itself when Edina Hibs CFC powered to the league title.
“Winning the league this season meant so much to the boys, at the beginning of the season no one would have given the squad a second thought for winning the title. We were a fair bit behind other teams such as Hutchie Vale, Newcraighall however as a group we knew we hadn't scratched the surface in terms of developing the players. We worked very hard the first 12 weeks of the season on various aspects of the game and although at times the players found these parts of the game not as exciting to learn, they certainly were the catalyst for the boys to record so many fine victories.” Bonar said.
The team agonisingly fell to defeat only once during the league campaign which was on the opening day of the season, and ironically the game in which they were defeated, they scored the only goal of the game. The squad of players then went on an incredible run of 17 league games without defeat, brushing aside the other nine contenders to inscribe their name on the trophy. Scott Bonar echoed his delight with the players.
“The only defeat was on the opening day of the season. A narrow 1-0 loss due to an unfortunate own goal. To then go on the run the boys did is testament to how good they are as a team and how much they had taken on board and improved as individuals. There is a special team spirit within the group and the 17 players in the squad are most definitely all in it for each other.” Told Bonar.
There are always moments throughout a season where the game that we love throws up miraculous situations and title winning sides always experience these. Edina Hibs certainly did and Scott Bonar reflects on two games in which it almost seemed as if his squad were destined to win the league.
“Two games stick in the mind when thinking over the season. A 2-2 draw versus Newcraighall where we scored twice in last five minutes to rescue a point. The second that equaliser hit the net, as their coach, I knew they had just paved the way to go on and become winners. Also a tough 2-1 victory away to Tynecastle, where again the players showed a great desire to get the 3 points which wasn't evident last season.”
Lifting a league trophy and especially a Division one trophy is every reason to revel in your own glory and those involved should be allowed to celebrate and know just how proud of themselves they should be.
“To win the title is the reward for a squad of boys who played some outstanding football throughout the season, coupled with a tremendous togetherness and willingness to learn whilst making friends for life to throw into the bargain. We always stress to the players to strive to become better and every time they improve they are winning. The league championship medal now takes its pride of place to show all that hard work has made them the best team in Edinburgh.” Bonar told Youth Football Scotland.
Although football is the sport that keeps many people’s hearts beating and provides the power for the earth to revolve around the sun, there are other things to life other than football (as reluctant as we are to admit it). Edina Hibs CFC keep this very much in mind are all about not only teaching their kids to play football but to prepare them for future life experiences.
“The boys should take a lot of what they have learned this season about themselves and take those lessons into their adult life's, always knowing that if you want anything out of life, always look inside and hard work is all in their grasp to achieve whatever they want or strive to be.” Scott Bonar explained.
After winning the league trophy within the highest division, many would say that the team has reached the zenith of its footballing life and quality. However Edina Hibs CFC and club chairman Scott Bonar are not everybody and they believe there is still room for improvement.
“Next season is to take the team to the next level and constantly try to improve whilst continuing to play the style of football attempting to be implemented by us the coaches. If they get any rewards with silverware by playing with these footballing philosophies, it will be well deserved just as it was this season.”
Congratulations to Edina Hibs CFC, SERYFL U14s Division one champions.