New Lambton winger and forward Georgia Amess, has proven to be one of the best in the league in her role and has once again confirmed that this season following her side’s perfect start to the 2019 year. Her great ability to score and create goals has long been known, but she has also risen to become a great leader on the field – all reasons for her selection in the Herald WPL Team of the Year in 2018. League correspondent Isaac, caught up with Georgia to find out more about her football career so far including her favourite memories, how she finds it at New Lambton and who inspires her on and off the field.
How did you first get into football when you were younger? Which teams did you play for in the youth divisions?
My brothers played, so I guess that’s why I was so interested in it. I started at Beresfield United U/5’s until the age of 12 and then moved to Maitland Juniors. I played in mixed comps until I was 15, then went to women’s 18’s for a couple of years before I started playing at Merewether United WPL when I was 17.
What has your favourite memory been of playing football in the Women’s Premier League? Do you have a favourite game/moment in all your seasons?
Look, I have a pretty terrible memory, but I would have to say my favourite would have been scoring our only goal for the Eagles in our semi-final stint against Merewether. The goosebumps were very much apparent, and it was such a rush to hear everyone cheer. Probably the best feeling to do that for my team, club and coach.
You’ve played with a few teams in your WPL career so far, but it’s been a little staggered. Do you feel like you’ve finally settled into the league now after all these years?
Absolutely. I said it right in the middle of last year that for the first time in a very long time, I am enjoying my football whole heartedly at New Lambton. I re-signed at the back end of our season last year and it was the first time in a while that I have fully committed to coming back and had so much fun. I still having so much fun playing!
You were offered a spot at Iowa State University a few years ago, how do you think playing over there would have been different to play in the WPL here?
It’s hard to say as I have never been exposed to their football culture before, however, I feel like it would be a little more rigorous as I would have been training most days of the week when not studying. I guess here, I have always been more career driven, focused on work and football was the hobby. However, the last 2 years with the Eagles have really sparked my passion for the game again and have made me apply myself far more within the game and our club.
Who has been your favourite player to play alongside in the WPL in your career?
That’s a hard one but I would have to say Tara Andrews. Not only is she a good mate but we seem to just click on the park and don’t even have to communicate much on the field. We compliment each other well, and its great having someone of her calibre to learn from.
Who do you think the hardest player to play against has been over the years?
The hardest player would have to be Toria Campbell – obviously when she was at Warners Bay. There is nothing more a forward hates is when a defender is quick. Thankfully she’s wearing blue this year!
Do you have anyone that you look up to in sport, either in football or otherwise?
I wouldn’t really say I look up to anyone… although I guess in a way I do look up to everyone because I’m short… but Tia- Clair Toomey. She is one amazing athlete; she is a professional CrossFitter. I have watched her compete a couple of times and its just ridiculous at how efficient someone can move with such a big engine.
When you’re not playing and training with the Eagles, what do you do for fun? Do you have any favourite activities or hobbies?
I absolutely love to just chill out and get a coffee down at the beach. I also participate in CrossFit competitions as well as train most days of the week. Also sleeping, that’s a good hobby of mine.
New Lambton have been dominant so far in 2019, and you’ve contributed a fair amount of goals for the Eagles so far – what are you thoughts on the season so far, and what do you want to get out of 2019?
To be 8 from 8 so far is an outstanding achievement. At the start of the season we all sat down as a squad and set some goals we wanted to achieve, we are still well and truly working on them but we are definitely hitting them full steam ahead so far. We wanted to be the best at the end of the season and to do that we have to turn up week in and week out, not only on the park and as a team, but mentally and all do our individual jobs. I want to continue to learn as a player.
Finally, what do you see yourself doing in the next ten years, whether it be in the world of football, or elsewhere.
I have just completed all my studies as an Exercise Physiologist, so ideally in 10 years-time, I would like to have my own practice and be a well established EP. In terms of football, who knows. I cant imagine a life where I don’t play, so hopefully I’m still playing even if it is only socially. I’ll definitely still be training in the gym and competing in comps.