Football Fern makes triumphant return to where it all began

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Cambridge-born Football Fern Katie Duncan made a winning return to the club where her career started, spearheading Auckland’s win in their opening NWL game against WaiBOP.

Duncan scored Auckland’s second goal in their 3-0 win at John Kerkhof Park.

For the 31-year-old midfielder, the match provided a chance to return to the club where she began her football career as a junior player.

At the turn of the century, she was the only girl in the club’s open grade Young Guns, playing alongside boys who later went on to play senior football at the club.

Duncan, then Katie Hoyle, played her way into national age-group teams, travelling to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2006.

Since then, her 122 appearances for New Zealand’s national women’s team have taken her to four World Cup Finals, including this year’s tournament in France, and to three Olympic Games.

Having played overseas for clubs in Australia and England, she’s now based in Auckland.

After Auckland’s game at Cambridge on Sunday (September 15), Duncan added her signature to the club’s Wall of Fame – a board bearing the autographs of nearly 70 New Zealand internationals who have visited the club.

Other Ferns to add their autographs to the board were Auckland captain Stephanie Skilton and Lizzie Anton.

More NWL games coming up

Cambridge will host five more National Women’s League games this season:

WaiBOP v Southern – Sunday September 22, 12pm
WaiBOP v Canterbury United – Sunday October 6, 12pm
WaiBOP v Capital – Saturday October 26, 1.30pm
WaiBOP v Central – Sunday November 17, 2pm
WaiBOP v Northern Lights – Sunday December 8, 2pm

(Kick-off times vary to accommodate flight times for visiting teams).

Cambridge last hosted the WaiBOP team in 2017 and first held NWL matches in 2016.

Cambridge is also the training base for WaiBOP’s U-14 and U-16 Girls National Age Group squads, for the fourth year in succession, and will also be the base for an U-13 girls’ development squad.