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On the Bench with Grace Macintyre
Team: Merewether United
Position: Centre Attacking Midfield
Grace commenced her football career at the age of 6 with her local club, the Kotara Tigers and has come a long and successful way since her first kick of a football.
At the age of 12 Grace was selected for the Emerging Jets program and remained with the program till last season to build on her skills.
Whilst her time in the Emerging Jets, Grace was selected in both the Under 14s and Under 17s Women’s National Teams. With her experience in the National Teams and her hard work gone unnoticed, Grace was selected for the 19s squad and participated in the 2013 Asian Cup that was held in China.
In 2012, Grace debuted for the Westfield W-League Newcastle Jets squad at only 16 years of age and has gained many great experiences throughout the four years she’s played for the squad.
Following a very successful personal season playing with the Jets, Grace was keen to stay in the area to play her offseason and after hearing the word of the superb coaching staff and support that Merewether United offered, Grace was eager to trial with Koppen’s team.
Merewether welcomed both Newcastle Jets Women’s players, Grace and Rhali Dobson to their squad this year, and the two are both proud to have joined the Llamas!
Grace says she is extremely pleased with her choice to trial with Merewether United, not only has she been able to remain local in Newcastle, but the team has made her feel welcome. “I love playing in such an encouraging and positive environment,” said Grace.
Grace commends Rosebud’s player Elodie Dagg as her WPL players’ player. Grace says this is because Elodie brings a high quality of skill to the game and has a very good read of play. She has “awesome ball technique and football brain,” Grace said. Grace made note that despite Adamstown not getting the results they would have hoped for early in the season, she has admired Elodie’s sportsmanship, stating “I think that’s pretty respectable”.
OFF THE FIELD
When the boots are off, Grace keeps herself busy working and studying at the University of Newcastle. Grace is currently in her 3rd year of Occupational Therapy and loving it! She also works part-time as a nanny and support worker. But when is completely away from these commitments, she will be found attending gigs, exploring the great outdoors and taking time out on Sunday to go to church.