STEEP LEARN­ING CURVE

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

Q You have played for teams all over the world — the USA, Swe­den, Nor­way — where did you en­joy most?

A In Amer­ica I had a lot of fun and that was ac­tu­ally be­fore I went back­pack­ing. I lived in Amer­ica for three months play­ing for Colorado Pride. It was good for me, but it also wasn’t good, be­cause I par­tied the whole time I was there. But I ac­tu­ally played the best foot­ball I’ve ever played.

Q You re­turned to Aus­tralia’s WLeague for the 2013-14 sea­son, a sea­son you’ve la­belled your worst. Why was that?

A I had the ex­pec­ta­tions of be­ing the per­son, along with Amy Har­ri­son, to take Syd­ney to the next level and win it for them. But I think I played three or four games and then sat on the bench for the rest of the sea­son. I wasn’t in the right space and I wasn’t fol­low­ing the rules. Staj (cur­rent Matildas coach Alen Sta­jic), who was in his last sea­son as Syd­ney FC coach, al­ways told me that it was the lit­tle one per cen­ters that mat­tered – wear­ing the right socks, the right uni­form, and things like that – but I kept find­ing my­self in trou­ble and I didn’t re­ally un­der­stand why I was get­ting into trou­ble. Only now I re­alise what he meant by that – it doesn’t re­ally mat- ter about the socks or the uni­form it­self, it’s just the prin­ci­pal of hav­ing that re­spect.

Q How would you de­scribe your cur­rent 2018-19 W-League sea­son with Syd­ney FC?

A It’s been a rocky road I guess. It’s been the ex­actly same start that we had last year, ex­cept we won our first game. It’s just hard for us, be­cause this is the first time we’ve had four in­ter­na­tional spots taken up. A lot of the girls come from other in­ter­na­tional teams and came in late, plus we have a lot of young girls, so it’s taken us a while to get on the same page. But we’ve won our last two games and scored five goals in each, so I guess we’re start­ing to click. I think we’ve gone from sec­ond-last to fourth.

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