Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Albert Perez
Stand-in Gold Coast City Women’s skipper Joy Forsyth is relishing the challenge of leading her side when the team take on SWQ Thunder this weekend in Toowoomba.
The experienced central defender took the captain’s arm band last weekend after regular skipper Jamilla Riley was scrubbed out by injury.
With Riley still sidelined this weekend, Forsyth said she is looking forward to leading her teammates to a win – which would mark a league-double over the Thunder this season.
“I’m the oldest in the team, so that’s probably why Dave Thompson chose me,” Forsyth said tongue-in-cheek of her elevation.
She added, “My leadership style is very vocal and I really try to voice my opinion and help keep up morale through the 90 minutes.”
“I really try to lead from the back because I can see all the play in front of me and help direct players around the pitch to where they need to be.”
City notched a 6-3 win when they clashed with Thunder earlier this season and another win this weekend will see the side move to sixth on the table.
Forsyth said despite the team sitting eleven points adrift of the top four, a run of results can still see City qualify for the Semi-Finals for the first time since 2015.
“We haven’t given up on finals football. We have a game in hand on a few clubs and if we can get a few wins then we can certainly move up the table.”
"We just need to put what we are doing at training in to practice. There have been some lapses of late and if we can eliminate those then we can match anyone in the league."
Forsyth added that again she expects another high scoring affair this weekend, with Thunder shipping 22 goals in their past three matches at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
“We’ve been working a lot on possession and positioning and creating the space for effective attacking chances,” she explained.
“If we can be clinical in front of goal I think we so we can definitely put a few away again on Saturday.”
With the match to be live streamed by Football Queensland, Forsyth said it was a massive plus to know their supporters will be cheering them on.
“It’s a long trip out to Toowoomba so a lot of our fans can’t make it. It’s really great for the players to know that their family and friends will be able to watch and be there in spirit,” she concluded.
City will also be boosted for the match by the return of influential midfielder Jayde Lowe.
PlayStation 4 National Premier League Women’s Queensland – Round 13
SWQ Thunder FC v Gold Coast City FC
Saturday, July 8 | 4:45PM
Clve Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Ellen HEPBURN, 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE, 5. Jade HORCICKA, 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 9. Brie BOND, 10. Jayde LOWE (in), 11. Ena TSUZUMI, 12. Joy FORSYTH (c), 14. Courtney BLACK, 16. Jessica AUSTIN, 21. Emily BENTON
Match will be LIVE STREAMED via the Football Queensland Facebook page