On the bench with Emma Stanbury

December 2nd, 2016

Number 8 for the Jets is Emma Stanbury! A Hunter girl at heart, 25-year-old Emma is pleased to be headed back to the area that she considers home!

“I’m originally from Tamworth… I am a Hunter girl, so this team makes perfect sense.”

“It’s always been so close to my heart and my preferred choice of team. Every time I put the Jets jersey on I do it with pride and passion.”

Beginning her footballing journey aged seven for the Emu Plains Crocodiles, Stanbury has always had a focus to progress and improve her footballing career especially after she was scouted by the Newcastle Jets two years ago.

However, was unlucky amongst a strong side to not get much game time.

In her off season, Stanbury played for Sydney University in the PlayStation 4 NPL NSW Women’s 1st grade side where she was coached by Heather Garriock who invested a lot of time into Stanbury’s game play.

Stanbury credits her time with the Ex-Matilda as she believes she has developed a lot as a player through the experience of being led by Garriok.

“Heather took me under her wing and put a lot of time and energy into making me the footballer that I had the potential to be.”

“She pushed me into the right direction to get noticed by the Newcastle Jets again and I am greatly thankful for that as well as thankful to be given another opportunity in the squad.”

Commencing her second Westfield W-League season with the Jets, Stanbury has already made an impression on coach Craig Deans.

“Emma came in and trialled in the pre-season; she trained well and performed well and was rewarded with a contract.”

“She has started well, having scored against Victory in round 2,” Deans commended his player.

With sealing her first goal for the team Stanbury labelled the experience as a personal highlight – “it would definitely have to be up there!”

Stanbury has high hopes for the team this season, and rightfully so, “this team is special with a great bunch of girls and fantastic coaching staff all with the same goal in mind – top four!”
Emma is an energetic vice to the Jets side. She adds a lot of creativity to the Jets game play, which will prove imperative as the season progresses.

Emma’s hard work is emphatic and as a result she’s placed in a position where both her untiring play and creativity thrives on the field, allowing Stanbury the opportunity to express herself, which often works in her favour.



When away from the field, Stanbury likes to remain fit and active, frequently hopping on her ‘bike and going for a ride to find new cafes’. If not delving into Newcastle’s newest restaurants, Stanbury will be found taking her ‘beautiful puppy, Luka, down to Nobby’s beach for a swim’ or catching a horror movie!


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