SIGNING Kate Sherratt was an “easy decision’’ for ACE women’s coach Jamie Sanckson. All he had to do was think back to last season.
“I remembered Kate when we played Grange,” said Jamie (pictured welcoming Kate to ACE), “that feistiness in midfield was definitely something I thought we lacked last year.
“So, when this opportunity came up it was an easy decision. I didn’t need to see Kate to know what she would bring. She will be an important player for us.”
Kate arrives at ACE with a wealth of experience in representative teams – a level she is still playing at – and at top New South Wales clubs.
The midfielder also arrives a few months after helping Grange to second place in the Women’s Capital League 1 last season and to the grand final.
“I’m a matured player,” Kate said laughing, “a bit old school. I grew up playing with boys and sometimes I play like I’m one of the boys. I get stuck in!
“Grange has made the step up to the next level. I loved helping them do that but doubted I would be able to make all those games and travelling.
“Joining ACE means I can have a better interaction with my football life and my work life and family. It will help me get to more training sessions and make more home games.”
Kate’s presence could be a key for ACE having played in Sydney with Super League sides Club Marconi, Wollongong Wolves and Olympic Sharks.
She was also named state league player of the year and played for NSW. Kate still plays for the Australian Army and Australian Defence Force teams.
“Next season I’d like to work on getting more skills and getting my match fitness up,” she said. “Last year I didn’t quite get to where I wanted to be. We’ll see what this year brings.”