After returning to the club this season, Genevieve Hughes (Lane Cove FC junior) has worked her way into the First Grade starting lineup after a string of impressive performances both off the bench and in Reserve Grade!
How long have you been playing for Northern Tigers?
I first started playing at Tigers when I was about 17 and played here for a few seasons with a great bunch of girls. This is my first year back after a few seasons away, and it was great to be welcomed back by some of my old teammates!
Who have been the been the biggest influences in your football career?
I started playing football quite late, only taking up the sport when I was about 13. I would definitely attribute my love for football to a combination of the enthusiastic coaches that drive you to be a better player, and also to the great friendships I’ve made throughout the years.
Which clubs have you previously played for?
I previously played for North Shore Mariners and NWS Koalas in NPL football, but before that I played with Lane Cove FC, my local club.
What do you enjoy most about playing for Northern Tigers?
As I’m studying to be a vet, the club’s willingness to compromise and their flexibility to allow me time for study or travel to placements has been an invaluable asset of support. Additionally, there is a great club culture, with a strong focus on integrated encouragement between the men’s and women’s teams, as well as with the junior teams. This unified approach creates a really enjoyable environment to play football in.
What position do you play? Have you always played there?
At the moment I am playing in the midfield, this is a new position for me, as in previous seasons I had been limited to playing in defence.
What is your personal goal for this season?
Personally, I would like to improve as much as possible. Playing up in the first grade has been challenging, but also quite rewarding as am I adjusting to the new pace, and coming up against a lot of tough and experienced players.
What is your best football memory?
Last season I scored an equalising goal from right back, it was a very exciting and unexpected surprise for a defender who rarely scores!