Box Hill United’s senior women have signed accomplished goalkeeper Shanel Camilleri ahead of the 2020 NPLW Victoria season.
Camilleri burst into the senior scene with South Melbourne in 2014, helping them to the minor premiership, and a league grand final win.
Following an unfortunate ACL injury in 2015, the fearless goalkeeper returned with Calder United for 2016 and 2017 seasons – clinching the league in 2016.
A switch to Australian Rules Football saw her ply the other code of football in the Northern Football Netball League (NFNL) in 2018 and 2019 with the VU Western Spurs.
Now back in the soccer scene with Box Hill, Camilleri is looking forward to enjoying the world game. The 23-year-old said, “I am excited. The girls have been nothing short of amazing. To feel part of something in such a short time has been great.
“I love the sport, so having that passion and drive to live it [is important]. [Now that I am back], to keep going with it consistently will be my biggest objective.”
Shouldering her responsibility as the first-choice shot-stopper in new club colours for the upcoming season, Camilleri is putting the teams’ interests first.
As the 2020 campaign draws closer, she is keen to share her top-flight playing experience for the common good and said, “Having been able to work with the girls, I am going to learn from them as well.
“The role of a goalkeeper suits my personality best. But having that humbleness does help me out. I think we will get along and click well [going forward].
“It’s working with my team, and to put my knowledge and experience where I can. It’s about being able to guide people [in the team].
“Coming from my experience, it’s being able to give those pointers where these are actually needed.”
Camilleri will have young goalkeeping duo Sienna Gidari and Gabriella Eggleton (U/19s) as her deputies at Wembley Park.
Taking on the role of a mentor for her understudies is a key objective, Camilleri explained, “The biggest point where I want to help them is mentally. There are expectations and pressure on us as goalkeepers.
“The biggest thing for them is to keep on top of that, be confident [in] their ability to put themselves out there at that age. It will set them above the rest.
“As a mentor and a friend, my role is to guide them and making sure they know that. The fact that they feel comfortable, is one step closer to doing what I can do for them.”