With news of an impending lockdown coming through on Saturday, the Manly residents hastily packed their bags and vacated the area to ensure they could continue to train and prepare as best as possible ahead of Season 2020/21.
2019 Championship winner Ally Green said it was hard to leave family and friends behind with Christmas only days away, however it was a decision made in the best interests of the competition.
“It felt pretty surreal having to pack up and relocate on Saturday following the announcement from the State Government and NSW Health,” Green said.
“The outbreak and lockdown meant Remy and myself, have had to stay in Ryde to be able to continue training and prepare for our first games.
“This is the safest option for us to be out of the COVID infected areas of the Northern Beaches,” she continued.
“Our families are back home and in lockdown currently so it’s hard for them. We are lucky to be able to still get around day to day however it is hard being away the week of Christmas.
“If everyone continues to do the right thing then we and many others can hopefully have a Christmas back home with their loved ones.”
Westfield W-League 2019/20 Golden Boot Remy Siemsen echoed Green’s thoughts and thanked the club for being able to find accommodation for the pair at such short notice.
“Everything happened quite quickly but we are very fortunate that Sydney FC were able to accommodate us out of the Northern Beaches in such an unprecedented time,” Siemsen said.
“It’s been a quick transition but we’ve both been able to adapt and acclimatise and it’s just something we had to do if we wanted to be able to continue playing, training and safely travel.
“It’s been different and strange not being in the comfort of your own home in the lead up to Christmas, but football is our love and if that means having to sacrifice leaving home to continue to do that, there was no hesitation.
“We have been keeping busy training, we’ve got plenty of Netflix series [to watch] and thankfully our parents scrambled some meals for us before we had to head out of the Northern Beaches.
“We both are sending love to all on the Northern Beaches and hope they’re keeping COVID safe.
“We hope to be back there soon in time for Christmas and hope that everyone in greater Sydney and the Northern Beaches have a safe and very Merry Christmas!”