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Captain of Adamstown Rosebud, Clare Cummings is a talented defender who puts her heart and soul into every match she plays. She is an encouraging and vocal leader, known for her 1v1 tackles and dribbling skills. Cummings is a veteran in the league, having played in the competition since it began in 2012. Our correspondent Lindsay chatted with Clare about her loyalty to Adamstown and her thoughts on the competitions development in recent years.
Tell me about your playing history – What teams have you played for and when?
I started playing when I was five for Merewether in 2000, and remained playing there in boys teams until I was 13. I then played in the SYL for Newcastle Football and then Macquarie. I was then selected for the Emerging Athletes program in 2011 after playing for NNSW Football at the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour and Canberra. In 2012, I moved the Adamstown Rosebud 1st Grade and haven’t left since.
You are a veteran in the league, having played since it began in 2012. Are you happy with the competition’s progress so far?
The competition has gone from strength to strength in the last five years which has been really exciting to be a part of! More and more W-League and even some Matilda’s are playing in the competition which I think has improved the young talent coming through. This year especially, the young girls in their first or second year have improved out of sight across all the teams.
Who has been your favourite player to play with this year?
That’s a tough one but I’d have to say Kate Lindsay. She is an absolute perfectionist, always apologising even after she has hit a perfect 40-metre ball. She is a great midfielder, always playing the simple pass and defends very well. Kate did her ACL this year which devastated the whole club because she is such a good player and even better person.
Having been loyal to Adamstown for six years, what is it you love about the club?
Ever since I started at Adamstown it has felt like home. It sounds cliché, but we are a family from the 14s right to 1st Grade and everyone in between. The club looked after me when I was young and made me enjoy my football again and I’ll always remember that.
Which player is the hardest to play against? Why?
At the moment, probably Rhali Dobson. She is fast, finishes her chances and can win a game on her own. She’s a quality striker.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not playing football?
I don’t have a huge amount of spare time but when I do, I like curling up on my lounge and watching whatever reality TV series is going. Otherwise you’ll find me running, hanging out with my friends or ripping up the dance floor.
What do you do for work? Are you currently studying? Or have your graduated?
I graduated from the University of Newcastle last year with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am currently working in research at the Uni and also as a pharmacist assistant a few days a week.
Who is the most influential person in your career?
My family; my mum, dad and brother have hardly missed a game in the past six years. They are usually just as excited as I am for my game.
What’s your plans for the future? Where are you hoping to progress?
To be honest, I am not hoping to progress further with my football. I am more than happy where I am. I get to train and play with the best group of girl’s week in, week out, and I couldn’t ask for any more than that.