Box Hill United’s senior women have bolstered their midfield options for NPLW season 2020 with the return of Saphri Lines.
Beginning the 2019 season in blistering form with 10 goals in 14 league outings, Lines’ term was curtailed with a lengthy ankle injury.
Now back at Wembley Park fully fit, the crowd favourite is keen to make a bigger impact in a revamped NPLW Victoria eight-team competition.
Revealing that she put in determined efforts behind the scenes to hasten her return, the experienced midfielder said, “I started the season feeling fit. After about halfway through, I hurt my ankle. It wasn’t getting better.
“So, I decided towards the end that the best thing to do was take a break for it to properly heal and recover, for me to do things in the off-season to get fitter.
“I am always really determined. So, hopefully with all the work that I have been doing, I won’t have the same injury again.
“You cannot let one injury knock you down, because if it does, you would not play football.”
Saphri Lines in action for Box Hill United ladies in 2019 against Alamein FC
(image credit: Centre Circle Photography)
The former Bristol City (in England) youth product watched from the sidelines as her Box Hill colleagues finished the 2019 season fifth on the ladder and as Nike FC Cup runners-up.
The 27-year-old, who captained the side in 2019 before her injury, added, “I was proud of the girls for making the Nike FC Cup final, and I was part of that moving up to it.”
Lines is now keen to support the squad and score loads of goals once more in 2020. She added, “It’s good this season, coming back. There are a lot of new faces, younger faces, which sometimes can be good as well in that they don’t get complacent.
“Obviously, training sessions have been intense and hard. Hopefully, that would be good for us moving on to the season.”