17-year-old Sarah Hunter is relishing her first season in the Westfield W-League.
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Young gun Sarah Hunter has been turning heads in the Westfield W-League this season thanks to some impressive performances.
The 17-year-old has been playing in her first season of the professional set-up, joining the club during the off-season from the Football NSW Institute in the National Premier League Women’s competition.
“I basically started playing when my brother started playing,” said Hunter.
“I have an Italian background, so football is pretty big.
“I started playing at 12 or 13 and went into the Institute program and coming into it (W-League) I was a bit nervous obviously.
“Then I got my debut a few weeks into the season so that felt good to get on the pitch.
“Then just building off the debut, I just got more comfortable on the pitch.”
Hunter is one of many youngsters that have been thrown into the domestic competition by head coach Dean Heffernan, a huge show of faith for the next generation’s ability in such a tough competition.
Building on her debut in the competition, Hunter went on to score a brace in the club’s fixture against Adelaide marking a match to remember for the youngster.
“Adelaide was a fun game, I felt we really clicked as a team that game, and you could tell from the start of the season we’ve been building on each week.
“I think Adelaide was a great showcase of what we’ve been able to do on the training pitch.
“I was in the right place at the right time so I got a few goals.”
Talking through her very first goals in the Westfield W-League competition, Hunter said she was simply in the right place at the right time.
“We were obviously down for both of the goals.
“So the first one, Georgia (Yeoman-Dale) drove up the line and I just made the run into the box and I hit it with my left foot.
“The first one I hit cleanly, back of the net and that felt good.”
Hunter has been pulling a crowd at the Wanderers home Westfield W-League matches with her friends from Pymble Ladies College filling out the stands and cheering her on.
“All my friends were there to see it,” said Hunter.
“My friends from school, who support me they don’t know much about soccer most of them so I think they just love seeing me in the Westfield W-League in front of all these people in big stadiums.
“So I share all my accomplishments with them as well.”
If Hunter’s recent performances are anything to go by, her friends and families will be very happy with what is set to be a bright future at the Red & Black.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City
Thursday 24 February 2021, 7:05pm
Wanderers Football Park