FOz: Kristin, what are you most looking forward to about the 2014 WFAFL Cup?
KS: I am looking forward to being part of one of the strongest Women’s Futsal tournaments there is with teams coming from interstate and also playing along side some of my good mates.
FOz: This is your second WFAFL Cup, is there anything that you learnt from last year that you can take into this year?
KS: The standard of last years Cup was very strong so I am sure it will be much stronger this year; we had a young squad last year at the Cobras and were still getting accustomed to the game although the team has now had a solid WV League at FC Richmond so I’m sure we will surprise a few teams.
FOz: How do you see Futsal currently in Australia? What are your expectations/hopes for women’s futsal over the next couple of years?
KS: Hopefully we can become on par with the men and have an Australian Women’s Team and compete internationally – there is a lot of talent around the country and there is no doubt we can match some of the top teams around the world.
FOz: FC Richmond have just won their first Pepsi WV-League Premiership title at Futsal Oz in Melbourne. How did it feel to finish on top this season especially after just missing out on the premiership last season?
KS: This was my first season with FC Richmond, we had a rocky start but managed to put together a good squad to take out the title. Our coach, Jeff Hawkins, was a huge help and one of the main reasons for our success this season.
FOz: Who are the players in the FC Richmond squad that fans should keep an eye out for during the 2014 WFAFL Cup?
KS: We have a strong squad with a mix of experienced and young players.
FOz: Who do you think will be the team to beat the 2014 WFAFL Cup?
KS: I think that’s a big one to call, every team is going to be tough to beat.
FOz: What is the biggest obstacle women’s futsal players’ face?
KS: Struggling with outdoor commitments for most is hard throughout the year, and lack of an Australian team gives no motivation. However, tournaments like this and F-League are helping to grow the sport for women.
FOz: You competed for Melbourne Heart in the 2013 Hummel F-League and narrowly missed out on the Grand Final. What was going through your mind before the start of that match?
KS: Before a match I’m not too serious, normally like to have a laugh with teammates and have a bit of fun to relax.
FOz: What’s one bit of advice you would offer junior girl Futsal players coming into the sport?
KS: Play as much Futsal as you can as it helps build foot skills and it is a fun, fast game.
FOz: Thanks for your time and Good Luck in the 2014 WFAFL Cup
KS: No worries!