Northern NSW Football caught up with our very own Matilda, Emily van Egmond, to ask her about winning the Westfield W-League, advice for how to deal with the lockdown and what’s next in her career.
Northern NSW Football: Hi Emily! Congratulations on winning the Westfield W-League grand final with Melbourne City last month. It must have been an amazing experience to win your first W-League title! What did you make of your season personally?
Emily van Egmond: Well, obviously, it was my first Westfield W-League title so it was a special moment for me because I have played in the W-League for so long. To be able to experience that title was great.
My Westfield W-League season was just a good experience. Obviously, we had a really good team. It was really enjoyable the style of football that we played. And I think it caught the attention of a lot of people in the league.
Wherever the coach wants to put me I’m more than happy to do the job. I do like being further up the field. I think being closer to the goal, having a little bit more licence for creativity is fun. To play in the Melbourne City team, we had a star-studded team, it was really enjoyable. That is a credit to the club to put together such a successful team.
NNSWF: How are you going with the lockdown? How are you staying fit?
EvE: I continued to train a little bit after the grand final, just because we obviously weren’t really sure what was going to happen. Then we got a little bit more clarity around specific dates so I have had a two week break since then.
I’ve finally started my training back up now and it’s been good. I’m obviously very fortunate to have my Dad [Young Socceroos head coach Gary van Egmond] here that I can use as well. I have him as a good resource and I also have a homemade gym here that I have been using. So in terms of keeping fit, active and being ready to go for whenever our club calls I would say I’m pretty lucky in that regard to have what I have.
NNSWF: What kind of advice would you give kids out there who might be frustrated or sad that they haven’t been able to play football or see their friends?
EvE: I would just say look to use this time as a positive, more so than as a negative. You don’t usually get this time as a footballer to be able to work on individual things that you need to be working on.
I would just say get out in your backyard and work on things that you probably wouldn’t usually be able to work on in a team environment.
When I start back up on the pitch again I’ll be putting a lot of emphasis on some specific skills that I can work on. Just little things that I think I can be better at that’ll help improve my game. When you’re in a team environment it’s hard to do isolated training. So it’s just a really good time to be positive and to work on things like that.
NNSWF: You’ve achieved so much in your career already. But what sort of goals have you set for yourself over the next five years? What would you like to achieve in terms of club/international football?
EvE: I think the big one for me is to be consistent. When I go overseas, it’s obviously a different level. It’s a challenge so I think for me, it’s just being consistent over there. It’s about becoming the best player I can in those environments that I’m a part of and just taking the form that I have been in this season.
Rapid fire round!
NNSWF: What suburbs of Newcastle did you grow up at?
EvE: Lake Macquarie
NNSWF: Who were your junior clubs?
EvE: Dudley Redhead United Football Club
NNSWF: What schools did you attend?
EvE: I attended a lot of schools through primary school and high school, including in Canberra when I played in the Westfield W-League.
NNSWF: Who was your favourite club as a child and how did you start supporting them? Do you still support them?
EvE: Liverpool because my Dad was a Liverpool supporter. I grew up watching a lot of Liverpool. And yes, I do still support them.
NNSWF: What are your three favourite moments as a professional footballer?
EvE: My FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011, qualifying for my first Olympics in Rio in 2016 and winning the Bundesliga and Cup titles with Wolfsburg in Germany.
NNSWF: What is your favourite goal you have ever scored?
Eve: My first international goal which was at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011 against Equatorial Guinea.
NNSWF: Who is you best friend in football?
EvE: Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord. I have known them since I was about 12-years-old.
NNSWF: Who is you favourite footballer of all time?
EvE: You can’t go past Zinedine Zidane.
NNSWF: What are your favourite pair of boots you have ever owned?
EvE: Nike Tiempo, all whites. Because I love white boots and you can’t go past Nike Tiempos!
NNSWF: Favourite band/music?
EvE: I like Rüfüs Du Sol.
NNSWF: What is your favourite colour?
NNSWF: Are you into any other sports?
EvE: I love swimming.
NNSWF: Do you prefer dogs or cats? Do you have any pets?
Eve: Dogs for sure and I have two dogs. They are Tibetan Terriers called Millie and Baxter.