It was a season to forget for the perennial NPL NSW Women’s powerhouse Macarthur Rams in 2019.
By some teams’ standards, finishing 6th, just outside finals football would be a successful campaign, not at Lynwood park though.
After years of trophies and accolades, Rams’ legendary coach Norm Boardman stepped aside allowing understudy and up and comer Troy Spink to lead the team into the new season.
Spink is raring to go and the former Bankstown City coach will have some rebuilding to do following the departures of some key players.
“The ladies have been working extremely hard in preseason.
We’ve lost a couple players to rival teams and other to overseas opportunities. While other are growing their families, meaning more young Rams in the future.”
One of Spink’s major aims is to provide a pathway for youngsters to the Rams first team and create a squad with a winning mentality.
“I come into the program looking for a way to provide progression for local footballers ato able to play and experience first team football in the Women’s NPL.
“We want to build an attractive brand of football not just in our senior program but right through the club.”
There’s no doubt where Spink sees his side this season but also has other expectations for the younger footballers at the club.
“We want to establish a solid platform for up and coming footballers.
“We’d love to see our team in finals football again.”
“We have experienced players along with a mix of young new players that will be given the opportunity to step up in first grade football.”
Spink’s side welcomed the Emerging Jets at home for the first game of the season on Sunday afternoon.
Major Signings: Natasha Prior (Injured for majority of 2019)
Major Departures: Elizabeth Ralston, Nikola Orgil
Up and Coming Stars: Zoe Dribbus and Ivana Galic
Player to Watch: Rachel Goldstein
By: Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s Writer