INTERVIEW: We believed in ourselves – Natasha Dakic


Box Hill United senior women’s cultured defender Natasha Dakic hailed the side’s self-belief following the massive 2-1 away victory over Heidelberg United on Sunday.


Although Heidelberg nosed ahead through an own goal at Olympic Village, Box Hill turned their fortunes around via hotshot Maja Markovski and the enterprising Emma Hubbard.


While the hosts struck the goal-frame twice late in the second-half, Dakic also found her powerful volley crash off the upright on a rain-hit afternoon.


Following this NPLW Round 17 win, Box Hill have now lost just once in their last six league fixtures, and are unbeaten in their last four. Reviewing the much-deserved triumph, Dakic said, “Considering the conditions, we played quite well. We did miss [a few] easy opportunities, but in the end we fought and all of us worked for each other.


“They (Heidelberg) kept going too – continuously attacking. But as the defensive line and the whole cohort, we made sure to stop any balls coming in and their shots.


“It was all positive [during the half-time talks]. He (head coach Brian Roberts) had complete faith in us that the game was not over. We had a good attitude coming out in the second-half – we believed in ourselves.”


Sunday’s win further meant Box Hill have completed the double this season over Heidelberg, having previously stunned them 1-0 in Round 8. The former Senior NTC player added, “Because we beat them the first time 1-0 – although it was a close game – we did come in [for this match] with a bit of confidence.


"We knew that we could beat them [again]. We have been playing really well for the past few weeks, and our confidence just keeps building. It showed in this game.”


The 20-year-old has impressed with her composure and power-packed defensive displays since joining Box Hill during the pre-season. Dakic has featured in every match so far during her first season with us.


On her progress this term, the youngster said, “Each week, I am gaining more confidence with the back-five [defensive style] that we are playing. I find myself getting forward a lot more, which has been a positive aspect within my game.


“Brian has had a lot of positive inputs, and he’s believed in me. That’s helped me believe in myself. So, I am trying to improve my game and keep going each week.”


Box Hill next visit Southern United on Saturday (22 June, 3 PM kick-off), who were dispatched 10-0 in Round 9 at the same venue.


Despite our commendable run-in, Dakic refused to take the NPLW strugglers lightly. Discussing the upcoming match against the side she captained before joining us, Dakic said, “We have got to make sure that we don’t go [into the game overly confident]. They have improved a lot since the first time we [played against] them [earlier in the season].


“So, [we need] to keep playing like we are playing, and hopefully, we can come out with the win and three points. [The previous win] is [giving confidence to the players], which is good. But sometimes too much confidence can affect the way you play. So, as long as we stick to our game plan, then it should be good.”


Image courtesy: Football Victoria


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