Box Hill United senior women’s team face Geelong Galaxy United away (Saturday, 23 Feb.) in their opening NPLW encounter, and midfielder Adelyn Ayton discussed how the team is keen on getting a competitive step forward.
Our senior women’s side have been hard at training over the last few months under the watchful eyes of head coach Brian Roberts and his understudy Sam Mlynarz.
And Ayton, who joined practice earlier this month as one of the team’s latest recruits, has been impressed with how things have advanced ahead of the NPLW opener.
“I have only been here for two weeks. So, in terms of that, it has been really good for me personally to get the intensity up,” Ayton said. “But as a team, since I came over to trial around December, they have come a long way. They are gelling a lot more and the young girls are stepping up.”
Box Hill ladies played a friendly against NTC last weekend at Wembley Park, winning 5-1 on a day when the senior men began their NPL2 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Northcote City.
She said the tune-up against NTC a week before the Geelong meeting was beneficial, “It was good to get a hit-out against a team that will be in our league, before the season starts this week.
“It’s important to be competitive from now, in all the practice matches that we have had in the last few months. It was good to get some goals away, so we got a bit of confidence going into [the next game].”
Ayton and her teammates also enjoyed a productive pre-season camp at Phillip Island in February, and looking back at it, the former Heidelberg United player said, “It was really good in terms of getting to know the players off the field.
“It was important coming into the season, so when you are going into the field you have that trust between the teammates, and you understand the players better. I know that [having discussed] with a few of the other girls, they also feel the same way about that.”
The dependable midfielder is now working on improving her match sharpness and wants to make a positive impact. However, she said it is crucial to take each step progressively, “We haven’t [yet] played any of those top competitive teams so we have still got a long way to go.
“We cannot get ahead of ourselves. But as long as we keep working hard on the simple things, and keep committing the ball forward when possible, then there’s no reason we cannot score goals, which will hopefully bring the results throughout the season.”