Box Hill United senior women’s team have re-signed versatile outfield player Hayley Geurts for 2019, and the youngster felt honoured to be chosen as vice-captain for the club she loves to be a part of.
Geurts plied her trade initially with Skye United in State League 1 before joining Box Hill during
2014-15 and has since become an established name in our senior women’s set-up.
She was also part of the Victorian All-Stars team that triumphed 4-1 against their Tasmanian counterparts in the 2015 Seasol Bass Strait Cup.
Excited with her new responsibility for the season ahead, the 19-year-old said, “[I am feeling] really good. I love the club. I am so glad [to have come in] for 2019.
“I wasn’t actually expecting it (vice-captaincy). So, when Saphri (captain) and Brian (head coach) told me, I was very shocked. But I am also very honoured to be offered the position and am very keen to see how I can impact the team.
“We do have a lot of young [players], and I am young myself. So, it will be good to see what I can bring to not only our team but also to the club – hopefully voice more ideas from the girls to the committee and see where it goes.”
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The speedster originally started out as a forward, but head coach Brian Roberts has converted her into a left-back, where she has flourished. “I have actually grown to enjoy playing left-back. I do miss scoring a goal every now and again, [because] I do love scoring,” Geurts said.
“But playing in defence gives me a different view of the game and how to play. It still allows me to go forward and track back and support my team, but I am liking the left-back spot at the moment.”
Describing the side’s pre-season approach, Melbourne-based Geurts added, “[Pre-season progress has been] really good. It’s different to last season and the season before that. We are doing a lot of ball-work plus a lot of running. So, it’s not just focusing on fitness but also on us as players and what our potentials are, and what we need to work on.
“[There is] a lot of fast movement and aggression towards the ball; we don’t want to be slow on the ball. [We are keen] on winning those fifty-fifties and keeping the ball in our possession, not giving it away cheaply. And if we can move forward, let’s do it, which I think the girls are doing very well.”