I enjoyed watching the Womens team play this season and seeing their progression from their young inexperienced beginnings.
Was it a successful season? 1 draw in their first 10 games and then 2 wins in their last 4 games shows how far they came, being competitive and progression wise. But on the other hand, 14 games for only 7 points with 36 goals conceded. That doesn’t make such good reading.
I guess the people best placed to measure their success are NZF, who it seems are a major influence in this Nix women’s campaign for the first two seasons. They have said that this first year was all about development of players with 2023 world cup firmly in mind. So are far as player development goes. Yes, I’d say this season was successful. But most of these players are too young for a tilt at 2023. NT honours will likely come after that.
But that being said I think Grace Jale deserves a call up to NT. And I’d like to see Alyssa Whinham bought into the mix for this next window, but not necessarily to play against Austalia, but for her own PD.
A lot of the other players will now be able to focus on U20 NT honours and a world cup in Costa Rica. That will also be good for their continued development.
Next season I wonder if we are not going to see much of the same from this Nix team. NZF are all about developing as many players as possible. So realistically that means encouraging NZers to play for other clubs so we get as many NZers as possible in the ALW. (look how well players like Bunge and Satchell are doing) So I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jale and one or two others take up contracts with Aus teams next year, and we bring in more youngsters into the Nix fold. As much as we all want to see a Nix team via for honours. I’m not sure if that’s NZF's agenda right now. Especially if they see this season as being a success.