Box Hill United U/19 girls’ prolific markswoman Anais Josefski talked about winning the 2019 NTC Girls Challenge with the Victorian U/17s squad, and revealed how the involvement added to her learning curve.
The Victorian team finished with the top honours at the competition, held from 22 to 26 July. The side pieced together an unbeaten run, netting 14 goals and conceding a paltry two across five matches.
Josefski was the only Box Hill United player in the 18-strong Victorian state team, and featured in the tournament’s every game.
Looking back, the young gun said, “I was proud of myself. It’s a good achievement to be part of the small number of external players that they have. So, it was good, that when you work hard, it pays off.
“It was a good experience to learn about game strategy, technical ability – the types of runs you make, the timing of runs – those little things you need to go forward [and] pursue your career in soccer. Even knowing how to recover properly after games, it really helps.
“You also learn about that environment, and experiencing going on tournaments at such a high level of intensity. So, it’s a good experience to have under my belt.”
In club colours this term at Wembley Park, the 17-year-old has flourished with 15 goals from 22 league appearances so far. Two substitute cameos with the senior women in the NPLW have also added to her growing reputation.
Reviewing her first season with Box Hill, she added, “It’s gone well [so far]. I have improved a lot. Every time you come to a new club, you learn different things with new coaches and different players.
“The level of intensity going into the seniors is always different. But having a supportive team and supportive coaches – they always help you to be better and stronger, and help you to ease into [the transitions].”
Formerly of South Melbourne and Alamein FC, the youngster spent her formative years with Ashburton, and has impressed with her pace and killer instinct in front of the target.
Josefski has forged a formidable pairing in the Box Hill U/19 forward ranks with fellow striker Erin Keyt, who recently got promoted to our senior women’s team. The duo has collectively plundered 45 goals thus far in the U/19s campaign.
Hailing her colleague’s progress, Josefski said, “It’s brilliant. [Erin’s senior promotion has been] really good and I am really happy for her.”
On their partnership, Josefski added, “You have got to know the players well. If you get along with them off the field as well as on the field, you get to know their playing style and the way they work.
“It’s also the way we both like to attack [the goal] a lot – we are very viciously-attacking, if you will. So, that helps us in getting forward and scoring goals. We both know what each other’s strengths are, and we play to [those strengths]. It works out nicely.”
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