What a remarkable season it’s been for one of Manly United’s most dedicated and passionate footballers, reserve grade star Kristie Crawford was honoured over the weekend by the National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s club at its annual awards evening having completed her 20th successive year with the Northern Beaches side.
Having first represented the club in 1998 as a fresh faced fourteen-year-old in the North Harbour Competition, Crawford has continued to don the famous blue kit of Manly since and has not looked back as the talented attacker has become a regular fixture at Cromer Park.
The CC Strikers junior and keen surfer adores her football and explained that her favourite part about playing the world game was the thrill of Game Day.
“I am a very competitive person and always look forward to a Sunday to get out on the pitch and play my best for my team and hopefully score goals,” Crawford stated on the official Manly United website.
“I grew up watching my Dad and Brother play, so I just followed suit.”
Asked what Manly United meant to her, Crawford promoted that the club was like family.
“I keep playing because once you retire there is no coming back and Manly is my club – the friendships that have been formed over the years it keeps me coming back. I will keep playing as long as I am good enough and get selected, how much longer that is we will have to see.”
Congrats Kristie, twenty-years for one club is an amazing achievement and one that needs to be celebrated.