As Box Hill United’s senior women took on Calder United in the 2019 Nike FC Cup final on Sunday, the moment was especially memorable to our junior girls Virginia Walker and Paris Georgio for more than one reason.
Virginia and Paris, who play for Box Hill’s U/14s and U/12s (girls), respectively, were the winners of a lucky draw conducted by senior women’s head coach Brian Roberts and skipper Hayley Geurts.
Hence, the two girls enjoyed an all-access behind-the-scenes tour with our ladies as the side rendezvoused at CB Smith Reserve for the summit clash.
The young guns were part of the pre-game lunch, travelled with the squad on the team bus from Wembley Park, were handed a Box Hill shirt signed by the senior squad, and soaked up the electric atmosphere at the venue in front of live Football Victoria cameras.
Elated to have been handed this opportunity, Virginia said, “It was really exciting to find out that we could spend the day with the seniors, find out what they do [on matchdays], and the experience of being included in the preparations and go out on the field.”
Paris added, “I was really excited to meet all the players and see how they get coached, and how they warm up before the games and get ready.”
The pair admitted that they would now have great stories to share with friends at school. Virginia reasoned, “They (classmates) have probably never experienced something like this. It’s something we won’t forget, spending time with people who play a lot of soccer and have grown up to really high standards.”
Paris and Virginia also posed for a photograph with Geurts prior to the final, and revealed that the Box Hill captain is their favourite player amongst the current crop of seniors at Wembley Park.
“There are so many good players, but I think I like Hayley, because she is captain of the team, gets all the girls ready for the games, and she is really nice. She is a really good player,” was Paris’ reply.
While Virginia added, “She was very kind and welcoming. She is always full of energy and very skilful. She is someone to look up to.”