Box Hill United senior women’s side have signed midfielder Grace Norbury from Bayside United for 2019, and the playmaker is looking ahead to a strong NPLW season.
Norbury, who started out with a youth stint at Brighton, excelled in the middle of the park during two seasons at Bayside, which prompted the latest move to Wembley Park.
She is now optimistic of a strong showing while donning the royal blue kit of Box Hill ladies, and said, “[I] definitely needed some new challenges and a change. The team that Brian (head coach) has built [here at Box Hill] really excites me, and it’s a prospect that I wanted to be a part of.
“It’s a step-up with a younger team, which is hard against the better teams. But I think we are going to grow and gel as a team; so, I am looking forward to that.”
Looking back at her time with Bayside, the former Alamein player said, “It was a big step-up, I had to work harder to earn my spot [in the team], so it was good to learn a lot of resilience.”
Norbury, who thrives in the midfield with her passing, vision and creativity, participated in the 2017 Pacific Games with Team Vic, and was also in the Australian Schoolgirls squad that lifted the 2018 Social Winter Cup in Los Angeles, USA.
Speaking of the international exposure, the 18-year-old added it significantly improved her understanding of the beautiful game, “That was a really amazing experience – I learnt so much. There is a much higher standard playing over there [in the USA], and we gelled well as a team. We were able to pull out some really good results in the end.”