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On the Bench with Clare Cummings
Team: Adamstown Rosebuds
Position: Centre Back
Clare began playing the beautiful game as soon as she was old enough to sign up. Her first season, then at the age of five, was with now rival team Merewether United.
Clare remained with Merewether United in her preliminary years of playing football until 2001, when she was selected for a spot on the Newcastle Representative squad and remained with this team until 2009.
Over her years playing, Clare had consecutively represented Northern NSW Football at Nationals from the years 2009 to 2011.
It was at this time that Clare played a season with the Emerging Athletes in 2011 within the Newcastle A-Grade Men’s competition. Clare, then aged 15, was a part of a young women’s team selected to play against the under 17s men’s local competition.
The following season in 2012, Clare began playing within the Herald Women’s Premier League competition. She signed with Adamstown Rosebud JFC and has remained with the club over five impressive seasons, displaying huge amounts of sportsmanship and talent that many young Buds players look up to in her time as a Rosebud player. As a result, in 2015, Clare was appointed Captain of the Buds’ first-grade squad.
Many outstanding years at one club creates many career highlights, for Clare, there are four major team highlights that come to mind; the Herald WPL Minor Premiership in 2014 and 2016, and the Herald WPL Major Premiership in 2012 and 2013.
A personal highlight for Clare would be celebrating her 100th game in the Herald Women’s Premier League just two weeks ago.
This season, Clare is setting her sights beyond minor and/or major premierships titles. As for most player’s, the big goal is all about that Grand Final win and the same goes for Clare. She says simply that she wishes to “make [it to] the Grand Final, and then win it”.
WPL PLAYERS’ PLAYER:
Clare gives her players’ player to Sarah Halvorsen of Merewether United. Found performing in Merewether’s front third, Halvorsen has played an integral part in the team’s successes over the past few seasons. As Clare sees it, this is due to her endurance and skill, stating “she can run all day and is a handful to mark”.
OFF THE FIELD:
Clare is currently in her final year of University, studying Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle. When Clare does find some down time, she loves to catch up on some much-needed sleep or head to the beach for some R&R. And when she’s energetic, Clare will be found attending music festivals and concerts!