There are few players that wear the yellow and black colours with as much pride, dedication and passion as Elly Torre. The pocket rocket right back gives 100% on the pitch for the team and club she loves to play for.
The popular Torre, who seems to sport a permanent smile and sunny demeanour off the pitch, is as fierce a competitor as anyone on it. What she may lack in physical size is more than made up for with a never-say-die approach to her craft.
So, as the ‘Berger girls seek to bounce back from two heavy defeats in the Women’s NPL competition which has seen them slip to fifth on the table, it’s a day to celebrate a significant milestone game for one of their leading lights.
Elly Torre chalks up her 100th game in Heidelberg colours in the game against NTC at the Olympic Village this afternoon (Sunday, June 9). At just 21, she chalks up her century in her seventh season at the club, making her the first in the current line up to notch up that tally.
It’s been a roller-coaster week for the team, with the midweek Nike FC Cup Quarter Final result being overturned in favour of Heidelberg. After going down 2-1 in the match, it was determined that Wednesday’s opponent, Geelong Galaxy United had fielded an ineligible player that had been ‘cup-tied’ owing to the fact she’d played for another club in previous rounds of the Cup competition.
So, with the controversial reprieve in the Cup competition leading to a berth in the Semi-Finals, coach Bill Mihaloudis will be keen for a reversal of recent fortunes in the NPL, starting with the encounter against Senior NTC.
“We need to get back to doing all the one per cent things we were doing earlier in the season. During the second half (against Geelong Galaxy), it was encouraging to see some signs that we’re turning things around a bit, so we’re trying to translate that into a big performance at home this weekend.”
If last time’s meeting is any indication, fans can expect plenty of goal mouth action. The ‘Bergers took out the Round 7 encounter with an amazing 6-4 scoreline, on a day when captain Stephanie Galea had a day out bagging four goals, including a late effort to seal the points.
A win for the home team could see it not only reverse its recent run of outs, but more importantly, see it regain fourth place on the table, as the battle to grab a finals’ spot heats up.
The match kicks off at 3:00PM AEST (Under 19s at 1:00pm), with the HUFC TV live stream on facebook