Merewether United quickly grown to become a consistent top-team and that success has been due to a core group of girls. One of those women is speedy, agile and tough defender Sarah Hartree, whose known for not only her strong tackling, but also her attacking, overlapping style of play which makes her a threat for any oppositions. Sarah chatted with correspondent Quentin, about the journeys she’s taken in her career including how the
Where and when did you start your junior career and how did you progress into senior football?
I started playing football when I was five for the Cardiff Tigers Football Club. My Dad decided to take me there to see if I liked it and I absolutely loved it. When the WPL launched in 2009, I followed my Macquarie SYL coach to Valentine and have been playing in this comp ever since.
What teams have you played for and when?
I played at Cardiff Tigers from U/6s-U/10s, then joined Edgeworth Eagles from U/11s-13s. After then, I started playing at Macquarie SYL for four years and also attended three NNSW camps and played in the development squad. I joined Valentine in the WPL when I was 16 and then I ended up at Merewether in 2013 where I’ve been ever since.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not playing football?
Besides Football Fives, Indoor Soccer and Futsal, I enjoy going to the movies, being outside, watching sport and socialising with friends. I also enjoy a good dance every now and then.
What do you do for work? Are you currently studying?
I am a paediatric occupational therapist. I graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Newcastle in 2015. I have worked full time with kids for nearly three years now and now mainly with kids who have Autism.
What player has been one of your favourite players to play with and you have admiration for? Why?
I would probably have to say Nicki Jones. She’s a great and fair player and quick on the ball. She’s actually quite versatile too and has scored some more goals this season. We also share a similar sense of humour so we always have a bit of a laugh during training. She’s a great team mate.
Which player is the hardest to play against? And why?
That’s a tough one. I guess any player who’s dangerous and threatens the goals.
Been at Merewether for some time now, what is it you love about the club that keeps you playing there?
I love the culture. All the girls get along so well so it’s like playing with a family. We have good banter as well.
Your team has often been nicknamed as ‘The Llamas’… you’ve got to explain that!
Haha – my coach Cass would be able to explain it better.
Basically, she had this weird dream one night that one of our team mates had a llama and they were trying to bring it to a game. Apparently, one of our assistant coaches held this llama while we played. Cass told us about this dream at training one night and from then on, we just called ourselves the Llamas!
Most memorable moment(s) of your career so far?
Winning the double (minor and major premiership) in 2015 with Merewether and also winning last year’s Grand Final.
Most influential person in your career?
I think it’d be a coach I had at Macquarie named Antonio. He had a lot of faith in me and he taught me a lot. I would also have to say my current coach now Cass Koppen. She’s gotten us through two Grand Finals wins and is just a great coach.
What are you hoping to achieve for this year’s season?
The girls would love to win the major and minor premiership again but I know that will be tough this year with such a competitive comp and having a few players missing here and there.
What’s your plans for the future of your career? Where are you hoping to progress?
At the moment, I’m playing for the love of it. If you asked me this in primary school, I would have said to play for the Matilda’s. If I make it any further then great, but if not, I’m not too concerned. I will just play for as long as I can.