Women diary: Marlies Oostdam

After scoring Melbourne Victory Women’s first-ever goal at Telstra Dome on Saturday, New Zealand international Marlies Oostdam took time out to make a second entry in her fortnightly diary.

After scoring Melbourne Victory Women-s first-ever goal at Telstra Dome on Saturday, New Zealand international Marlies Oostdam took time out to make a second entry in her fortnightly diary.

First of all, GOOD LUCK to the New Zealand Under 17 girls, who have just started their first game against Canada as I write this. KICK SOME BUTT GIRLS!

What a week it-s been, the excitement in the camp leading up to our first Westfield W-league game was awesome.

I think we all got to a stage where we were wishing it was Saturday already and the game was about to start!

We spent the week working on the last bits and pieces, our shape going into the first game and some shooting and finishing to end the week.

On top of that we had to fit in a seminar with anti-drug doping agency (ASADA). It-s always good to know the ins and outs of banned drugs.

One of our girls, that being my fellow partner in crime Rebecca Tegg, got to show everyone the procedure of what to do in case you get drug tested. Lucky for her it didn’t go as far as the actual procedure!

Then we also had our official launch to attend to in Melbourne-s CBD. It was great to see all the support we have behind us and the interest people are showing in our team!

I must apologise because there were a few well known people present at the launch but I did have to ask the girls who these people were! Among them was Melbourne Victory Hyundai A-League Captain and former Qantas Socceroo Kevin Muscat.

On Friday I spent the day hanging with my parents who had come over for our first game, followed by our last “blow out” at training before our D-Day!

Then it was game day at Telstra Dome. What can I say, what a great stadium! It-s a shame we can only play one of our games there.

As for the game itself, the team was pretty nervous but at the same time there was a lot of confidence in the team to go out there and kick some butt!

Considering we train all week on astro-turf and not actual grass, it took a bit of getting used to the pitch! But that we did and dominated the first half and should have been up by a couple of goals. A confident start!

The second half was more of the same and we stayed in control of the game. It wasn’t long before we finally scored our first goal! And what do you know; I was lucky enough to be the one to do it with a wide free kick on the right hand side which I whipped in, over the goalkeeper-s head and into the back of the net. Fair dinkum!

Then about six minutes later, Teggy decided she couldn’t let me take the glory and finished off a great one-on-one by chipping the goalkeeper!

Let-s just say, our opposition, Central Coast Mariners Women, didn-t see that coming and I think they’d taken us a bit too lightly!

The crowd was great! By the time the second half kicked in there were around 2500, if not 3000, people there! Let-s hope they come back to support us in our next game.

The rest of the weekend I spent with mum and dad checking out a few of the hotspots around Melbourne including the Olive Oil factory! Yeah I know, who would have thought! What can I say, mum loves her olive oil.

On to the next game we go, against Sydney FC Women away. Time for an even bigger upset! Watch this space…