INTERVIEW: Forward Emma Hubbard extends Box Hill United commitment

January 17, 2019

Hardworking forward Emma Hubbard has re-signed a deal that will see her feature for Box Hill United senior women’s side in the 2019 NPLW campaign.

 

The young striker from Dunedin, New Zealand, has now praised how the club’s value of togetherness transitions to the team on the field. Hubbard, who donned the Box Hill ladies’ all-blue in 2017 and 2018, revealed how the squad are setting their sights higher guided by this ‘good spirit’.

Our senior women finished 7th in the NPLW ladder and reached the Team App Cup final last term, with head coach Brian Roberts adjudged NPLW Coach of the Year and custodian Alyssa Dall’Oste bagging the year-end’s top goalkeeping crown.

Eager to continue the impressive streak, the 22-year-old said, “It’s important for everyone [in the team] to take every game seriously, no matter what the division that we are playing in, or what the competition is.

“The thing with Box Hill is everyone is always being very friendly and it’s a very family-orientated club, and the good spirit within the team reflects on the field. Everyone needs to work together to get to places like the [Cup] final. Hopefully, we can do it again this year.”

Hubbard, who is undertaking a Doctorate of Physiotherapy, lifted the Team App Cup in 2015 with Boroondara Eagles when they defeated Bulleen Lions 5-3 at Lakeside Stadium.

 

Moreover, she has represented the Melbourne University Soccer Club and flew across the pond to the USA in pursuit of a brief college football stint with the Central Connecticut State University.

Speaking about the experience Stateside, the pacy striker added, “It was very good. Training was at a professional level, where it was very serious with lots of hard training. I had never worked that hard before!

“It was amazing playing with people from all over the world, who had come into it together with high expectations. It’s great to bring that type of experience into a club like [Box Hill], because you know how to train and work hard.”

Glad about the way training is shaping up at Wembley Park, Hubbard reflected, “Everyone is enthusiastic and there is a good vibe here. Everyone is training hard, which is always good to be a part of.

“This year we’ve got a lot of young girls and we’ll be able to develop well. We have still got a good core from last year with lots of experience, who can lead the team in the direction that we want to go. It is probably the changes that we needed to get ourselves that little bit further in the table.”

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