Box Hill United senior women’s side have roped in tenacious midfielder Caitlin Storay ahead of the 2019 NPLW season, and the new arrival said she is excited to have familiar faces around her.
Storay, from Tasmania, spent 2018 with Heidelberg United’s ladies and prior to that, was a firm favourite with hometown club Launceston City. She joined Launceston as a 15-year-old and stayed for 11 seasons at the Buckby Land Rover Park.
She was crowned Bass Strait Cup champion in 2013 with the Tasmanian State team, and bagged runners-up medals in the same competition in 2015 and 2017.
Storay has played alongside Adelyn Ayton in Tasmania previously – who will also represent Box Hill’s ladies this time around. Moreover, she locked horns against our current vice-captain Hayley Geurts in the 2015 Bass Strait Cup final, when the latter represented the Victorian women’s all-star squad.
Having these familiar faces is a positive aspect for Storay, who said, “I am really excited and looking forward to working with the coaches and the girls for the [new] season. It’s [been] easy [settling down here] – everyone’s very friendly and welcoming, and helpful if there are any problems. So, it hasn’t been difficult coming here.”
She added about her midfield colleague Ayton, “She (Adelyn) has very good vision, can put really good balls through and has a mean shot. She works hard for the team, and I am looking forward to playing with her again.”
And the 27-year-old was further impressed with Geurts’ versatility, who is now her teammate, “I have been training with her (Hayley) and we did a few partner [sessions] last week. We worked well together, so I am looking forward to building on that. Her communication is very good, [as well as] her passing and work rate.”
Box Hill’s latest midfield general, who works as an electrician and will start a new job closer to Wembley Park, discussed pre-season and how she is fitting into her new role, “Mainly, [I am working on] fitness and getting touches back on the ball, trying to get faster and stronger, and working with the team getting to know them all.
“I think [the team’s strategy has been about] working hard for each other, [playing] a nice passing game, keeping possession of the ball and building the attack up; obviously, supporting each other with good runs [as well].”