Green scores place in year’s best
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.