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South Wallsend are shaping up to be Premiership contenders this year due to a number of key signings. One of them is Gabrielle Brodie – a talented midfielder who has gained interest from international teams with her athleticism and clinical style of football. Off the field, Gab is putting her Business degree to good use, growing a business of her own whilst still managing to find time to travel. This week, she chatted with Lindsay about her journey to playing football in Australia and why she chose South Wallsend.
Tell me about your playing history – What teams have you played for and when?
I started playing football when I was five years old with my twin sister back in New Zealand. I have played representative football my whole life and when I was 19, I moved to the U.S as I was accepted a full scholarship to play at Newberry College in South Carolina. I had the opportunity to trial for a few professional teams such as Western New York Flash which Abby Wambach played for, however after a few trials I went back to Christchurch, New Zealand.
Itʼs your first year playing for the Wolves – what made you make the move and how are you finding it so far?
I love it! After I finished college and moved back home, I was contacted by a coach in the WPL in Brisbane called Mitchelton and she flew me over for a trial. After 1 year, I moved to Newcastle with a friend. I played futsal for a little bit but I was missing football so I joined Southy.
Gema Simon has recently joined your team – whatʼs it like being in a team with someone who has played at an international level?
Gema made a massive impact when she came on shortly after the second half in the recent game against New Lambton. You can definitely see her experience, fitness and skill set are at a higher level which is great to raise the standards! I have played with and against a few international players back in NZ and in the US but Iʼm excited to play more with Gema and get some great results in the back end of this season.
Who has been your favourite player to play alongside with this year?
Thereʼs definitely a few girls I have loved playing with this season but my two favourite would have to be MJ and Erin. MJ will always hustle up front and continuously make runs and Erin is superb with her feet so I love working in the middle with her.
Which player is the hardest to play against? And why?
I would have to say Jenna Kingsley. She is the top scorer in the league and obviously plays for the top team, Warners Bay. She is very agile and explosive which makes her a really difficult opponent.
What do you like to do in your spare time when youʼre not playing soccer/ football?
I love running, drawing and watching movies. I love anything outdoors and hanging with friends but I also love travelling, A LOT!
What do you do for work? Are you currently studying? Or have your graduated?
I work in sales and I am currently building a business which I have done for the two years I have lived in Australia. In the U.S, I graduated with a double degree in Business Administration and Sport Management.
Who is the most influential person in your career?
I would have to say Lionel Messi. He is the best player in the world. He is my sporting and overall idol due to his leadership on and off the field and obviously because he is incredible to watch.
Whatʼs your plans for the future of your career? Where are you hoping to progress?
I am 26 now and Iʼm right into building my business so that is my main focus as of now, however football will always be my passion so I will definitely keep playing till Iʼm 95 years old.