Dependable defender Niamh Griffen has prolonged her stay with Box Hill United’s senior women’s squad for the 2019 NPL2 season.
Going into her second season with our ladies’ side, the young gun has hailed the positive culture the backroom staff are trying to instil into the team.
Beginning her footballing journey with Sandringham SC at just eight, Griffen continued her rapid progress with a season-and-a-half at Bayside United and two seasons with the Victorian NTC.
The 17-year-old is equally adept at playing in defensive-midfield and as a full-back, always looking to create space and trigger lung-bursting sprints down the flank to float crosses in.
Griffen, who also had a brief spell with Alamein FC, spoke about her excitement at being part of a ‘dynamic’ squad at Box Hill, “We are building a really good culture [at Box Hill], which I am enjoying. With lots of new girls coming in and several young girls, [it] is bringing in a really dynamic environment.
“There is a great balance between the new players and the experienced players, so as a young player [myself], I am learning a lot from them.
“We are working on our structure and fitness and are trying to build a culture to get to know each other well, because there are so many new people. So, that is one of our focuses, [alongside] playing good football.”
The youngster captained the Team Vic U-18s (soccer) in the School Sport Victoria in Shepparton, which was her third year participating in the competition.
Reminiscing about the run-in in August 2018, Griffen said, “It’s a really good experience and I enjoy it every year I go [there]. It’s really good connecting with lots of girls from different clubs and going to the championships to see how we compare to the other states.”