Box Hill United’s senior women have re-signed prolific striker Emma Hubbard, and the markswoman spoke of a productive season that led her to re-commit to the club.
Hubbard, from Dunedin, New Zealand, clinched the side’s Golden Boot award with 16 league goals from 24 NPLW appearances in 2019.
Pleased to return to familiar surroundings, Hubbard said, “It is great to be back. I love it here. It was an easy decision to stay.
“I am hopeful for the season ahead. I want to keep scoring goals, try and play the best that I can, and be a leader in the team.”
The ex-Boroondara Eagles forward was a key component in Box Hill’s three-pronged attacking unit last term, where they finished fifth in the NPLW and with a second consecutive Nike FC Cup runners-up medal.
Looking back on an exciting run-in, the 23-year-old added, “It was a good season. Personally, it was good to get back into scoring some goals.
“As a team, it was good to do better than we have had in the last few years. Towards the end of the season, we were quite strong and just missed out on the finals.”
The versatile attacking player, who previously pursued college football in the USA with the Central Connecticut State University, was also deployed as an attacking midfielder in Box Hill colours in 2019.
Being able to operate across different positions was a bonus, said Hubbard, “Yes, it was tricky, but I found it was actually good. Because I like playing in midfield, I like playing [as a] striker [as well], and it gave me the opportunity to do both.
“When there are games [where] sometimes you won’t be scoring for a while, you want to be playing in midfield and getting the ball up there.
“The fact that I was scoring from midfield was a good thing as well. I enjoyed it, and hopefully I can do some of that this year as well.”
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