Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Girlswithgameprofile - meet Aivi Luik
GirlswithGame: You have been playing in the American W-League for Indiana FC for a while now and last year spent a stint at a club in Ukraine, what made you want to come back to Australia?
Aivi Luik: I want to play for Australia, it's always been a desire of mine and it's my number one priority now.
Were you happy to get straight into Matildas camps? I attended a Matildas camp in March so I kind of knew that I was in the loop then but to come back and go straight into the Queensland team, when it's the strongest team, we have so many Queensland girls in the Matildas, it's just been great.
So tell us about Ukraine...
Read more about Aivi's season in Ukraine in this great post from theglobalgame and from a post on the UEFA site here.
What are your goals for this W-League season and Matildas? For the Roar, definitely to win it. Trying to win a league back to back is one of the hardest things you can do. I found that out with Indiana in one of my first years, we didn't have the players and it didn't quite work. But the girls are great, we are a great team and we are all really motivated. With Matildas, I know this is the last camp before January but I'm just hoping to be in Tom's thoughts and hopefully be one of the players selected for the World Cup qualifiers in May.
You have scored a lot of goals in your time overseas, particulary match-winners, but where do you prefer to play? I like centre-midfield, but I've pretty much played every position apart from outside back. This season actually I was centre-midfield, more defensively, but our centre-back was drafted to the LA Soul (in the American WPS) so I was put back into centre-back. I used to play outside mid for Indiana in my first few years and occasionally I'll go up front in the last part of the game, but generally I'm a centre-midfielder.
Is that where you want to line-up this Saturday for the Roar against Canberra United? Definitely. The last few pre-season games I've played in the middle with Loz Colthorpe and we've started to get the connection going, so we're just hoping that it gets better and better. But who knows what Jeff [Hopkins] might do with his starting line-up as there will probably be Matildas players sitting on the bench. It's a good problem to have, but no-one really knows who will start.
Are you hoping that you will add a surprise factor to the Roar this season? I have played with a few of I guess the older girls a while ago, Karla Reuter, Lana Harch, but not a lot of people know me and throughout the W-League I don't think that many people know me. One of the girls parents said, "Oh, I got an email from another mum who said 'I hear you have recruited an American'," I definitely an Australian! My parents are Swedish and Hungarian, but I'm a born and bred Australian.
Do you do anything outside football here? At College I got a bachelor of science of geography, but I concentrated on soccer straight after I graduated so I haven't been able to do much with it, now coming back to Australia and not having any contacts plus the GFC, getting a job within my degree could be very hard so I'm just looking for a part-time job for the mornings, as I'm a Gold Coast girl we travel up in the afternoons to train.
Finally, for all aspiring Matildas (and Socceroos) out there, what's the best ever football tip you've recieved? I would probably say, to never give up and that's a lot easier said that done. There has been times when you are struggling so much, but if you can hang in there....I saw Man U come back to win one of the cups a few years ago and they were losing and then scored two goals in extra-time and that's an example of a top class team that doesn't give up. Ever since I saw that game, I've always thought, make sure you never never give up and my mum says that as well, just whatever you do, don't give up.