Star complete a tournament hat-trick with win at Woburn

The winning Northern Star team were from the left Leah Barnes, Sarah Hudson, Jodie Bartle, Jess Farchica, Aoife Bromley, Rachel Mumford, Georgia Coulson and Stacey Boon.

The winning Northern Star team were from the left Leah Barnes, Sarah Hudson, Jodie Bartle, Jess Farchica, Aoife Bromley, Rachel Mumford, Georgia Coulson and Stacey Boon.

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Peterborough Northern Star Ladies made it a hat-trick of summer tournament wins with a first ever victory at the Woburn Sixes on Sunday.

They were undefeated throughout the day and beat a Watford team who play in the Women’s Superleague in the final.

The success followed wins at the Cambridge Fives and a first win in four years at the Wisbech St Mary tournament.

The hard work starts next week though as the local ladies return to pre-season training in preparation for their debut season in the Women’s Premier League and boss Steve Iredale is under no illusions that they’ve stepped up a big notch in the womens’ game.

He said: “I went to the Women’s Premier League (WPL) AGM a couple of weeks ago at Burton Albion FC expecting it to be a low key affair with just the 12 teams involved in our league for next season.

“But to walk in and be greeted by an official from the FA, to be addressed by the chairlady of the whole league and to see reps from all 72 teams in the WPL slightly changed what i was expecting.

“In the past our regional AGMs have been a ‘let’s get it over and done with’ affair. This was a meeting to show what had been achieved during the last WPL season. And the fact that the winners of the WPL can now actually enter the Women’s Superleague shows how far the women’s game has come on.

“Mind you, I’m not looking that far ahead yet. Our main concern for next season is to ensure we do ourselves justice and remain in the WPL to establish ourselves.”

Star have already welcomed several new faces to the squad during the pre-season tournaments.

“We’ve had four of the best players from one of the city’s leading Under 18 teams come along to join up with the squad and their enthusiasm is infectious,” added Iredale.

“But the league is competitive and with games scheduled for every Sunday we will need a decent sized squad in order to cover injuries.”

Any players wishing to train with the squad are welcome to contact Iredale on 07944 574131.

Star will start their season on August 16.