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Football/Netball Focus: Jenna Allsup (Tugwell)

Jenna (front row – furthest right) lines up for Bethesda in the 2018-19 season. Picture: Phil Williams

FOOTBALL

Full name

Jenna Ruth Allsup (Tugwell)

Date of birth

02/02/1987

First football memory/football background

Playing football with the boys at primary school. I stopped playing football when I went to secondary school and only joined back 20+ years later after my rugby injury, which was in 2012. I had a baby in 2013 and joined football in 2014 (I was 28 getting back into it).

Football idol

Robbie Fowler

Position

Centre back/Left back

Most memorable game played in

Great team! Jenna (back row, third from right) with the Caernarfon side which lifted the Betty Pickering Cup in 2016. On Jenna’s immediate right is Lexi Crawley (then Musgrave) who scored the winning goal. Some amazing players in this squad!


Betty Pickering Cup Final in 2016 for Caernarfon Town against Amlwch, which we won 1-0. My friend Lexi (Crawley – then Musgrave) scored the winning goal for Caernarfon although she’s played mostly for Amlwch which is ironic. It is the only football game my parents have ever watched.

Biggest highlight of football career so far

Jenna (left) lets fly for Bethesda against Rhyl Development. Picture: Phil Williams

Winning the North Wales League Division Two title with my hometown team Bethesda.

Strengths to your game

Tackling (core strength) and speed (I’m quick considering I carry a lot of weight).

Weaknesses

Dribbling skills

Best team-mate played alongside

Too many to choose from…..but I’m going to say Wales international and ex-Liverpool player Katie Williams (now Davies). Loved playing with her at the back for Caernarfon; she was experienced and taught me a lot.

Hardest opponent faced

Hated playing against Cerys Gadd, strong, good player and a good friend too.

Biggest influence in football

Keith Fearns

Keith Fearns, learnt a lot from him in a short period of time. He took us to Benidorm to play football, what more could you want from a coach 

Funniest team-mate

Sioned Bohana – she has always made me laugh!

Which team-mate is the best dancer

I’m the best dancer of course? Put Proud Mary or Johnny B. Goode on and I’ll show you….

Favourite away ground

I’ve played for four different football teams in seven years so do my ex-teams’ grounds count? Love playing on 4G…

Personal football ambitions

I’ve recently joined Bethel Ladies and have thoroughly enjoyed my first months there, they are lovely girls and the coaching is brilliant. I have learnt a lot in the last few months with them and look forward to the rest of the season.

Favourite chocolate

KitKat Chunky

Current favourite song

Frozen 2 soundtrack

Are you typical of your zodiac sign

Yes – I’m a water baby Aquarius. Waterparks are my all-time favourite day out!

Favourite TV show

The Crown

TV show you dislike most

Gameshows

Best quality as a person

I’d like to think KINDNESS.

Worst fault

Over-analysing

Favourite female footballer

Steph Houghton (I have to support fellow defenders)

Tell us something about you we might not know

I’m married, have 2 kids, 1 Jack Russell and currently striving to complete a PhD by published work.

Action shot: Malawi v Wales at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Jenna’s Netball Life

Jenna (back row – second right) with Tim o Walis

Team

Tim o Walis

Position

WD

Representative netball played (county, region etc)

Played centre at school but only joined netball in 2018. But interestingly I was part of a Sunday School netball team that won a cup when I was 11 

Strengths to game

Interceptions and dedication

Weaknesses to game

Lack of understanding of rules haha and passing

Most talented team-mate

The youngest member of Tim o Walis: Elen! Such a mature and composed player.

Best game played in

I like playing Arfon Celts, we always have a close and good game with them.

Best opponent faced

Menai Mavericks are like lightening

Netball idols

Eeeek I have no idea about famous netaballers sorry but do like the sessions we have with Lucie Leonard!

Other sports you play

Football – and I used to play rugby and squash

Ambitions in netball

Keep playing and not get injured!!!

Personal stuff

Favourite hobbies/pastimes

Jemma with daughter Elsi. She has another daughter, Beti

Watching boxsets, eating and doing active stuff with the kids.

Occupation

Research Radiographer

Best country visited

I do like Italy!

How often do you use a gym

Not much as have netball training and netball game and football training and game which takes up 4 days out of 7 in a week

Favourite season of the year

Summer (holibobs)

What car do you drive

When I’m on Mummy duties a Citroen Berlingo and when on other duties a Saab Convertible.

Favourite food

Chicken Kebab

Favourite drink

Aperol Spritz

Best musical artist/band

This will ruin my reputation BUT Westlife

Hopes for 2020

Stay active, injury free and thrive in all that I do.

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