Green scores place in year’s best

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

It’s been a huge year for White Ferns de­fender Anna Green.

Af­ter be­ing se­lected for the Olympic woman’s foot­ball squad and the un­der-20 women’s world cup team, the 18year-old took out the ASB Young Sportswomen of the Year ear­lier this month.

She beat out five other nom­i­nees for the ti­tle handed out at the Col­lege Sport Young Sportsper­son of the Year awards din­ner.

But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t a lit­tle sur­prised by the hon­our.

“I was pretty ner­vous be­ing up on stage,” she says.

“You can’t ex­pect to get any­thing.

“I think my mum was pretty proud.”

The Ep­som Girls Gram­mar stu­dent says the award caps off the per­fect year.

Fol­low­ing the awards, Green headed off with the un­der-20s team to the world cup in Chile.

“I couldn’t have asked for more.

“It’s been amaz­ing,” she says.

Green, who plays for the Three Kings club, says her time at the Olympics has pre­pared her for the Chile ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was good be­ing away from home.

“It means I’ve al­ready been there and done that.

Three Kings and Ep­som Girls Gram­mar coach An­drew Clay isn’t sur­prised his player took out the award. “She’s a gem. “She’s got a great left foot, a re­ally com­pet­i­tive streak and a great first touch,” he says.

“Off the field she’s a de­light, but on the field she doesn’t like los­ing.”

He says Green, along with a num­ber of other young New Zealand play­ers, have de­vel­oped a ma­tu­rity be­yond their age be­cause they’ve been play­ing at such a high level for so long.

The de­fender plans to study busi­ness at Massey Uni­ver­sity next year.

How­ever Clay thinks she could pick up a foot­ball schol­ar­ship or pro­fes­sional con­tract over­seas.

“Play­ing in a world cup is the shop win­dow for that kind of thing.”

What­ever Green’s fu­ture holds, there is one thing Clay is cer­tain of.

“She’ll play for New Zealand for as long as she wants,” he says.


Coun­tries clash: Anna Green, right, who won the ASB Young Sportswoman of the Year last week, clashes with Canada’s Am­ber Allen dur­ing a match for the White Ferns at North Har­bour Sta­dium last year.

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