COURTNEY Anderson can’t remember the last time she played up front, but she’s looking forward to the challenge.
It won’t be the only challenge the 21-year-old Port Macquarie product will face at Taree on Sunday when Mid North Coast tackle the Newcastle Jets in a women’s trial match.
Usually at home on either the left or right wing, Anderson has been given the duties of trying to put one past the Jets goalkeeper.
It’s a task she’s both daunted by, but also excited about.
“I’ve never been involved in a game at this level before and I haven’t played striker in years,” she said.
“I’m not expecting us to do that well, but it’s still exciting.”
The Mid North Coast youngster was disappointed the unavailability of Port Macquarie’s Regional Stadium forced the shift to the Taree Zone Field.
“It would have been better to play at the stadium, but it’s still an amazing opportunity.”
Anderson hopes to make an impression on Jets coach Craig Deans.
“I’m aiming to play in the W-League so I’m looking to play for one of the Women’s Premier League teams down in Newcastle next season,” she said.
“It gives us a chance for Craig Deans to see what we can do.”
The winger was an interested spectator when the Jets A-League side played Mid North Coast in July.
She was thrilled the girls now had a similar opportunity.
“I’ve been playing since I was 10 and came through the development leagues so it’s good for us,” Anderson said.
“It’s good to play this game at the end of the season because we’re starting to know each other’s games.”
Sunday’s friendly fixture kicks off at 2.30pm.