Queenstown football player Georgia Brown says her first World Cup experience exceeded expectations despite her not getting game time.
Brown, 18, represented the Junior Football Ferns at the under-20 World Cup in Japan last month.
The team performed well in their first two games before missing out on the quarter-finals after a bad loss to Mexico.
“I didn’t get any international game time which was gutting but I didn’t really expect to as it was my first World Cup and we have a very experienced starting lineup,” Brown says.
“And with 10 subs and only three allowed to be subbed per game, it makes it pretty challenging.
“But all in all, I have gained so much from this experience and learnt so much and felt truly privileged to have been part of a team at such a high level.”
Brown arrived back in Queenstown last Sunday.
In a month, she heads back to Auckland to play for the Northern team in the youth-based national women’s league.
In recent seasons she’s played for the Dunedin-based Football South side. However, Brown says the Northern set-up will help her development.
“It’s just good being under the nose of all those coaches up there and the team I’m going to play for has seven [NZ] under-20 players, under-17 players and ex-Ferns.”
She’s also due to take up a four-year scholarship with Texas Tech in the United States in January. Her original start last month was put off so she could go to the World Cup.
Brown was introduced to football at Arrowtown Primary School aged eight and carried on at Dunedin’s St Hilda’s Collegiate.