Box Hill United’s home ground Wembley Park played host to the Argentinian national women’s football team, who were in Australia to participate in the inaugural Cup of Nations.
The Cup of Nations is a round-robin format tournament comprising international friendlies and had been held in Australia this time around – across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Having already played against Korea Republic and New Zealand in the previous two rounds, Argentina jetted out to Melbourne to face Australia at AAMI Park, for the last leg of this four-nation tournament.
As part of their preparations here, the South American outfit used Wembley Park as their training base earlier this week.
An intense session – lasting almost two hours – was on the cards for the team under the watchful eyes of head coach Mr Carlos Borrello, who put his players through their paces in several passing drills, set-piece movements and in-game situations.
The club presented the Argentinian players and team officials with our iconic blue-and-black strip, while the visiting players obliged by signing an Argentinian shirt as a memento for Box Hill and posed for photos with our senior women’s squad.
Mr Borrello – speaking to Box Hill’s in-house media with the help of AFA Media and Communications officer Stefania Leon – shared his thoughts on his team’s progress throughout this tour Down Under.
“It’s [been] a very good experience – we need this to grow and start to improve. We have to continue to get this kind of experience, in [other] countries,” he said.
Impressed with the facilities at Wembley Park, Mr Borrello added, “It’s simple but it’s very nice. It’s very tidy. The important thing for us is the grass [surface] and it’s in very good shape.”
Box Hill United would also like to thank Beate Matthews (Leisure and Recreation Services Department, Whitehorse City Council) and Justin Quinn (Sports Ground Administrator), who have been immensely instrumental in helping the club regarding facility and ground-related improvements.