Promising 15-year old Britney Cunningham-Lee has been included in coach Tracy Wrigley’s squad for the National Women’s League after a stand out rookie season in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League.
Story By Steph Trowill
The Waiuku College student, who plays for Papatoetoe AFC, was spearheaded Andrew Kirk’s side’s attack, netting an impressive 13-goals whilst coming up against some of the best defenders in the country. The 13 strikes saw her place 8th in the Golden Boot standings and Cunningham-Lee believes it has given her a boost of confidence for what’s ahead.
“Scoring 13 times this year has given me some confidence knowing that I can score goals at this level.” “It has also given me a bit more self-belief in my abilities,” she adds. Her performances in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League has recently seen her included in Tracy Wrigley’s squad for the National Women’s League and the humble teen admits she never saw it coming. “I didn’t even know the league existed,” says Cunningham-Lee.
“It was a pretty good feeling knowing that I’d made it, when I first heard of it I didn’t know anything.” “Now I know a lot more about the National Women’s League and it’s great. It’s also an awesome experience.” Despite the club season being over, Cunningham-Lee is still keen to carry on her goal scoring exploits. “My goal for this National Women’s League campaign is to score at least one goal.” The youngster will be in good company to help make that happen when she steps out onto the pitch with the likes of Football Fern Evie Millynn and New Zealand age group internationals Nadia Pearl, Deven Jackson, Alosi Bloomfield and Nicole Mettam in the heart of the midfield providing quality service.
The powerful and pacey striker is already reaping the benefits of just training alongside the internationals week in week out, with the experience helping improve her game.” “It’s a really good opportunity to be training with the New Zealand players. I get to learn a lot from them. Hopefully one day I get the chance to represent my country too.” The road to representing her country has certainly taken a step forward after being selected for the Auckland side at the age of 15 as it puts her in good stead for being selected in the next crop of New Zealand U-17s.