PROMISING goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman has moved to Sydney to continue her development at the Macarthur Rams Women’s FC as she strives for her dream of playing for the Matildas.
Jada, 15, spent the past year being mentored by Australian Women’s National team goalkeeping coach Paul Jones at his academy in Canberra and has previously had one-on-one training sessions with Matilda’s goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri.
The young goalkeeper also attended a recent Australian team camp at Valentine Sports Park as a guest and saw some of her role models including Kyah Simon.
Her family’s move to Sydney now means Jada doesn’t have to travel 4-5 hours each way to play for the club that first gave her the opportunity to play high level football two years ago.
‘‘Back in 2013, mum received a call from Rob Hutchinson who was the Rams under-16’s coach at the time,’’ she said.
‘‘Rob had mentioned that his goalkeeper had suffered an injury and was asking a favour of myself to fill-in.
‘‘Throughout the season I also had the opportunity to fill-in for reserve grade and 1st grade due to injuries; it was mentally & physically exhausting but definately worth it, as two years later I still enjoy playing with the Rams.’’
The young goalkeeper said the move has allowed her to train and bond with teammates which she previously missed out on by living in another city.
‘‘They are a great bunch to be around and there is amazing skill within the team and i’m looking forward to a great season with them,’’ she said.
‘‘Macarthur Rams Women’s FC are awesome; the club has been so supportive and understanding over the past two years.
‘‘It is a great environment to be around both on and off the field, so in saying that makes it easier as a player to enjoy football.’’
New Macarthur Rams Women’s FC head coach Norman Boardman will guide his side in their National Premier League NSW Women’s 1 minor premiership title defence in the 2015 season.
Jada said she hoped for another successful season for her side and looked forward to develop at the club.
‘‘As a goalkeeper I would like to work on my communication and my distribution,’’ she said.
‘‘I wasn’t in a position before to train with my team but now I am, so hopefully this will improve.
‘‘My personal goals for the season is to continue with my fitness, grow as a player and to have a great season.’’