Hill joins Ferns in Korea

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

Three Kings United foot­ball cap­tain Kristy Hill made her in­ter­na­tional de­but for the Foot­ball Ferns in Korea just a year af­ter al­most chang­ing codes.

“I was ready to leave foot­ball and play rugby,” she says.

“I thought I was get­ting a lit­tle too old and past my use-by date for foot­ball, and felt I’d achieved all I could in the game.”

But a sur­prise was in store for the 28year-old de­fender af­ter she made the Foot­ball Ferns train­ing squad and the team for the Peace Queen Cup.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to be around re­ally pos­i­tive peo­ple, and be­ing in that en­vi­ron­ment has cer­tainly made a dif­fer­ence.”

“I re­ally want to get on the field and ex­pe­ri­ence what the game is like at in­ter­na­tional level.”

And Hill, who has made 39 ap­pear­ances for the Auck­land side since 2000, is pos­i­tive about her chances of mak­ing the New Zealand Olympic team in Au­gust.

“I’ll def­i­nitely be try­ing to train and push hard so that we can win a game at the Olympics.”

New Zealand lost to Korea 2-1 on Satur­day, but beat Ar­gentina 1-0 on Mon­day. They were sched­uled to play Canada to­day.

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