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Hannah - Togetherness was the key
Hannah - Togetherness was the key
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:01PM BST, Sunday, 03 June 2018
Hannah Churchill hailed the togetherness of the Charlton women’s team as a key factor in the promotion-winning season – and reckons her side can make a splash in the newly formed FA Women’s Championship next term.
Quote by: Hannah Churchill“The biggest thing for us was our togetherness as a team, we’ve got a great chemistry. The work ethic, commitment and things like that is what brought the team together throughout the season and helped us achieve what we have achieved.Quote by: Hannah Churchill
Hannah Churchill
Churchill, who joined the club in October, scooped Head Coach Riteesh Mishra’s Player of the Year award on Thursday after impressing at both wing back and, latterly, in a central midfield role.

And, while admitting her surprise at winning the award, the Bristolian says she’s “loved every moment” of her time at the club. “I couldn’t be more thankful to the girls and the coaching staff that we have,” she added.

“The biggest thing for us was our togetherness as a team, we’ve got a great chemistry. The work ethic, commitment and things like that is what brought the team together throughout the season and helped us achieve what we have achieved.

“That’s so important, especially for a team at our level – you can have all the best players but if you don’t get along then you’re not going to succeed.”

Having attended college in the US, Churchill is used to a challenge when it comes to football, but she admits to being surprised at how big of a challenge moving to South East London would be, particularly having played the majority out of position.

“I’d never played [at wing back] before,” she continued, “but I really enjoyed it – it was a chance for me to learn a new position and grow myself as a player outside of my comfort zone. It was difficult, but I enjoyed it and to be honest I was just thankful to be on the field.

“But going back into midfield, I did feel a lot more comfortable. I finally found my feet and was playing at the level I knew I was capable of playing, which was one of the biggest things for me this season.”

Churchill says beating Blackburn 2-1 to win the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play Off last Sunday at Bramall Lane, “was the most incredible feeling”, though “it still feels quite surreal”.

“To go all the way to Sheffield and win at a ground like that with an atmosphere like that is a special feeling you don’t get very often.

“The biggest thing for me and a lot of the other girls after the game was all the hard work we’ve put in this year finally felt like it was worth it. It felt like we’d achieved what we’d set out to achieve.”

On next season, while “it’s hard to know what’s going to happen team-wise at the moment, Churchill says “our goal is really to make a name for ourselves in that league”.

“I think we’ve got a really big opportunity – we’ve got the players, we’ve got the foundation in order to achieve at the highest level so now it’s just down to us to put in the work again.”
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