Spotlight on W-League: Rose Morton

Following on in our series profiling local identities in the women’s game, this week Emma Evans talks to Rose Morton about her journey in football so far.

Date of birth – 02/05/2000
Junior Club – Napier City Rovers
Current Club– Palmerston North Marist
NWL Squad – Central Football

What age did you start playing football and what made you get in to football?

I started playing football when I was 5 years old. My brother and sister got me into football because I watched all their games and always wanted to get on the field to play. I was inspired by them to start playing.

What is your best footballing memory?

Definitely going to Jordan for the U17 World Cup and being exposed to the high quality of football and the high performance environment. It was an amazing experience to go overseas and measure ourselves against quality teams around the world. It made me realise where I need to be to be able to compete against these countries, how hard I must work to improve my game and become the best footballer that I can be.

You have just returned from four days at National Talent Centre (NTC), what was your biggest take away/learning from the week?

The biggest take-away/learning from the week personally was how important planning is to progress and become a better footballer. Planning out what you will do in the following weeks and years to come is important especially if you have a goal to make it to a world cup or to become a better footballer because it allows you to analyse what you need to add to your daily/weekly schedule to achieve this. A quote that I really liked from the week at NTC was “failing to plan is a plan to fail.”

What do you enjoy most about being in the NTC environment?

I really like being around other footballers in a high intensity environment as you are all focused on the same thing: football. You are all there to become better footballers and have similar goals. Being introduced and coached by quality coaches is also what I enjoy at NTC because there are so many opportunities to learn and grow from them – ultimately progressing as a footballer.

What has been your most challenging moment as a footballer? How did you overcome it?

One of the most challenging moments that I have faced was not getting selected as the U17’s qualifying team travelling to Rarotonga at the start of last year. This was extremely challenging because at that point I believed that it was a step further away from my dream of going to the U17 World Cup later that year. This was hard but I managed to overcome it by using it to make me more determined and to work harder so that my dream became a reality. Because I didn’t make it into the qualifying team I was more focused on what I wanted and what I needed to achieve to get there. So I didn’t see not getting in as a loss but an opportunity for me to improve and fight even harder to get to the World Cup.

What are your goals/aspirations for your own football career?

My goals/aspirations for my own football career would be to play football professionally overseas and to continue to grow and fill my potential as a footballer. I know the hard work and dedication needed for my goal to come true but I would love to be exposed to the even higher quality of football that is available overseas and play in a high intensity environment. I know that if I achieve this that I will grow and become the best version of myself.

What piece of advice would you give to young female footballers hoping to make National Talent Centre (NTC) or a National Women’s League (NWL) squad in the future?

The best advice that I could give to young footballers is that you are the only thing stopping you from achieving your dream. You have to work hard and make sacrifices for it. Along the way you will face challenges and setbacks that will try and stop your dream from becoming a reality but you must keep fighting. No one can achieve your dream for you so work harder than the next person and if you really want something go and get it. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t!