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Number 6 for the Newcastle Jets is the always reliable midfielder, Cassidy Davis. At the age of 18 Cassidy signed with the Jets for their 2013.14 season, and has proved herself to be a consistent and integral player to the squad year after year.
“It was a tough season, the team was not as strong,” explained Cass.
“We had a lot of local girls and we struggled a bit; I didn’t start until the third round after Grace Macintyre did her knee.”
“I was very nervous; I still get nervous but not as near as nervous as what I did back then,” she stated.
Unlike many of her Jets teammates and Westfield W-league opponents, Cassidy did not begin playing football at a young age. First a keen netball player, it wasn’t until Cassidy was 12 years of age that she decided to switch codes and has never looked back.
“Dad has been involved in soccer for years and I just started playing because of him,” Davis said.
“He was the director of football at Macquarie when I started so he was overseeing me for a fair few years and has still always been there to help me out.”
This resulted in dual registration with Macquarie Football Academy and Warners Bay Football Club in her first year of signing up to the game.
Cassidy continued to play with Macquarie Football Academy until 2007 when selections for the Emerging Athletes Program became available in 2008.
In 2011, Cassidy was selected for Northern NSW Institute of Sport (NNSWIS) and believes that her time there improved her gameplay and encouraged her to push herself further in a football career.
In 2013, Cassidy played for her first season with Lake Macquarie in the Women’s Premier League which proved to be a breakthrough year for her as she was also picked up by the Newcastle Jets to play her first season in the W-League.
“I like playing for my hometown, and representing my hometown.”
“I love that my family and friends can come to support and Deansy is a great coach – the environment and the community is the best in Newcastle!” said Cassidy.
Craig Deans has continuously been impressed by the commitment and skill of Cassidy since he began coaching the squad last year.
“When I took over at the start of last year, I didn’t know too much about all of the girls, so I got them back to give them an opportunity for the team.”
“Cass stood out from the get-go in terms of attitude and wanting to get better and improve,” Deans said.
“Over last year, Cass continued to work really hard, and had since become one of the most valuable players in the squad”.
On the field:
Cassidy has an unrivaled presence on the field, she is a reliable midfielder who has recently stepped up as center back whose read of the play is unmeasured against her W-League opponents. Cass’ knowledge of the game, something of which she can credit to her father’s coaching, has given her the ability to place herself in optimum positions on the field.
Cassidy has the incredible game strength and stamina, and she is always seen to give her all in each game, for the entire 90 minutes of the game.
Her passing precision and prudent distribution make her lethal in attack, this skill has already proved to be integral to the Jets’ early success this season.
Off the field:
Cass is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Newcastle.
As Cassidy is passionate about both football and teaching, she spent her off-season from the Jets coaching the under 18s Warners Bay team competing in the Women’s Premier League and two development squads at New Lambton Football Club.
When Cass is away from the field, she enjoys quality time with her family and friends; she also likes to indulge in a bit of shopping and relaxation at the beach!