Ellerslie start their Lotto Women’s Premier League season on Sunday, facing defending champions Northern Rovers.
However, they go into the new season with confidence and having named a squad that retains experienced players from last season.
These include award-winning Anita Trudgeon who has 96 appearances and has scored 27 goals.
Head coach Ryan Shiffman told the Ellerslie website:
“This team gets stronger every year, and this year is no different.
“I believe both the first team and reserves have the potential to push for top spots in their respective leagues, while also having our eyes on earning a National League spot and thinking about what that would mean for our club.
“Should be an exciting season and at least we know we will have fun doing it, like we do every year.”
Main photo: Anita Trudgen (right) takes on an opponent in last season’s game against Northern Rovers. Photo: Jackie Tran Van / Phototek.
Ellerslie’s 2023 squad
1 Petra Wedlake
4 Leigh Aitken
5 Tayla Hawes
6 Hollie Leona
7 Vibha Godha
8 Cilla Fa’afua
9 Kim Oosterbeek
10 Kat Gow
11 Anita Trudgen
12 Cat Pretty
13 Ella James
14 Abby Wright
16 Britney Cunningham-Lee
17 Faith Moa
18 Nadia Olla
20 Mia Collins
23 Dee Mosca
25 Charli Collard
26 Mia Grgicevich
Head coach: Ryan Shiffman
Assistant coaches: Callum McKenzie, Hollie Leona, lan Davidson.
Goalkeeper coach: Mark Thompson
Physio: Kasey Leary
Strength and conditioning coach: Alejo Perez Leguizamon
The new signings include Abby Wright, a futsal specialist from national futsal champions Papakura City.
Games to be played on Sunday March 26, 2023
Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League
Eastern Suburbs v Auckland United
Ngahue Reserve, Auckland, 1 pm
Ellerslie v Northern Rovers
Michael’s Ave Reserve, Auckland, 3 pm
Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship
Otumoetai v Onehunga Sports
Fergusson Park, Tauranga, 1 pm
Tauranga City v Central United
Links Ave Reserve, Tauranga, 1 pm
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