STEEP LEARNING CURVE
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.