Thalia Cameron has returned to her footballing home and says it’s “good to be back”.
The 18-year-old has joined the ACE Women’s Capital League 1 side chasing promotion to the Brisbane Women’s Premier League.
In doing so, Thalia is back at Brendale and Wolter Park where she spent more than six years rising up through the junior ranks at Moreton Bay United.
Her playing return has been mixed with defeat by Ipswich Knights and then victory at Mt Gravatt. Tonight it is a local derby against North Star at Wolter Park, kick-off 8.30pm.
“It feels amazing and good to be back,” she said, “I moved up to the Sunshine Coast to start something new, I was doing uni up there.
“It wasn’t working out too well. I was missing home, I’ve been here a long time … and I’m glad to be back.”
Thalia played eight games for Sunshine Coast Wanderers Under 23s this season, scoring once, before heading back down the Bruce Highway.
Her first game for ACE was in the defeat by Ipswich Knights, playing in goal for 60 minutes after an injury to keeper Jess Scicluna and then up front.
“I’m happy to play anywhere Jamie wants me to play,” said Thalia, “it was my first game and I wanted to make a good start.
“My fitness levels are a bit down at the moment but where ever Jamie puts me, I’ll work as hard as I can.”
Coach Jamie Sanckson was delighted to have strengthened his squad: “You can see Thalia has played at a decent level before,” he said.
“When she has been on the pitch in the last couple of weeks you can tell she’s a thinker, she’s got a footballing brain, which I like.”
ACE Women enter tonight’s game in fourth spot, three points behind Pine Hills but with a game in hand. Visitors North Star are on the bottom of the ladder.
The ACE Women Reserves face North Star Reserves at 6.30pm tonight with ACE sitting in eighth place, one above North Star.