PHOTO: VALENTINE SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
On the Bench with Leticia Quinlan
Team: Merewether United
Position: Centre Midfield
Leticia, otherwise known as Teish, was 11 years of age when she came to play the beautiful game, starting her football career with Argenton Junior Soccer Club.
Teish continued to play with Argenton for several years before moving to Caloundra in Queensland with her family. Whilst in Queensland, Teish played for her local club before moving back to Newcastle in 2009 where she began playing for Argenton again before joining Macquarie Soccer Academy in 2012.
Teish played a season with Macquarie and then moved competitions to play her first season in the Herald Women’s Premier League in 2013 with Lake Macquarie Rooster’s for their under 18s squad.
Trialling with Merewether United for the 2014 season saw Teish become a part of the Llamas! For Teish, the club move to Merewether has been a career highlight, particularly Merewether’s Minor and Major Premiership win in 2015. And if it doesn’t get any better than that, Teish was the player to have scored the winning goal in the Grand Final against Valentine FC.
In November last year, Teish competed in the first ever National Indigenous Football Championships held in Nowra. Following the competition, she was selected to trial for the National Indigenous team which took place in Sydney early June. Teish says that her trials “went well, but the team hasn’t been announced yet”. Good luck Teish, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for you in the interim!
In terms of other achievements for this year, Teish really wants to see the Llama’s go for a double again. She says, “I’m hoping we win the double again this year, I definitely think we have the team to do it”.
Teish gives her player’s player to Bud’s captain, Clare Cummings. Teish said the two used to play alongside each other at Macquarie Academy when they were younger, and their time playing together left Teish with a great impression of Clare, as she has always been a “genuine and kind person”. On top of that, Teish believes Clare is “a great leader for the Buds and she’s always boosting the team morale and encouraging her teammates”.
OFF THE FIELD:
In her spare time, Teish says you’ll find her “at the beach, or eating… or doing both”! Sounds to us like you have your priorities right! She is also studying Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle, all while working part-time to save for an upcoming overseas holiday!