Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League stars Amy Harrison and Elizabeth Ralston have paid a surprise visit to an unsuspecting fan at her training session for Loftus Rovers FC.
Sydney FC-s Westfield W-League stars Amy Harrison and Elizabeth Ralston have paid a surprise visit to an unsuspecting fan at her training session for Loftus Rovers FC.
Tiarne Schumann who plays for the Rovers under 13 girls squad is a regular ball girl at the Sky Blues W-League matches and, through the help of Sydney FC volunteer Ross Anderson, got the thrill of her life when two of her idols arrived at Loftus Oval to take her teams- training session.
“The girls were so terribly excited to have Amy and Lizzie visit,” said Ross Anderson.
“The two Sydney FC girls ended up running the entire session for 90 minutes. It was a toss-up who had more fun; Amy and Lizzie [Ralston] or the U13's.”
Apart from taking the training session, the two W-League girls signed posters, shirts and boots and took photos with Tiarne-s whole team.
Harrison said she enjoyed the visit to Loftus Rovers FC and was hopeful that she and Ralston had inspired some future W-League stars.
“Lizzie and I wanted to go out and promote Sydney FC and the W-League to young female footballers,” Harrison said.
“They-re the up and coming future of our game so I think going out and promoting that and getting ourselves out there is a good and helps the W-League and especially Sydney FC.
“It was really enjoyable with the kids; we played a lot of fun games with them and hopefully taught them a few things that they can carry on as they grow as footballers.”
Sydney FC volunteer Ross Anderson said the girls had left a lasting impression on the Rovers team and said there were plenty of hands raised to be ballkids at Westfield W-League games next season.
“To say that the girls made a positive impression is an understatement,” Anderson said.
“We have a large batch of new Sydney FC fans and lots of young players wanting to be ballkids at next season's W League games.”
“I was so proud of Elizabeth and Amy. They are both mature beyond their years and I believe they represented Sydney FC in an exemplary manner,” he continued.
“They deserve a pat on the back for giving up their time and travelling from South Western Sydney to Loftus to conduct the session.”
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