Central Otago footballer Amy Hislop has been blazing a trail for several years as a talented striker. Her blistering form for the Queenstown Rovers and Southern United could mean higher honours are not far away. Adam Burns talked to Hislop about her excellent year.
Clyde’s Amy Hislop is swiftly becoming Central Otago’s footballing golden girl.
The Dunstan High School year 13 pupil has exhibited some devastating skills as a striker for the Queenstown Rovers women’s team this year, her already prolific scoring ascending new heights.
The 18-year-old notched an amazing 38 goals over 14 games in the southern women’s premier league this season.
Although it was not enough for the Queenstown outfit to beat out eventual premiership winner Dunedin Technical, her Golden Boot-winning goal haul made for a staggering sixth season for the Rovers, who finished second in the premiership.
“It’s the best we’ve done in a while,” Hislop said.
“We did draw with them [Dunedin Tech] in the last game which we played against them, which was quite nice.”
Alongside winning the Golden Boot, she was named Football South’s young player of the year and sportswoman of the year.
Possessing a natural flair and ability to strike with either boot, Hislop has all the makings of a dominant striker.
Among her many attributes on the pitch, Hislop says her unpredictability serves her well.
“I’m quite tricky with the ball.”
She credits an increased confidence and support from former Black Cap Shayne O’Connor as key ingredients in her development.
“A lot of the sport is mental, which I started to figure out over the years.
“Physically and technique-wise, everything has started to come into place a lot more.
“I’m enjoying it a lot more.”
The hunger to get out on the field was heightened for Hislop after a bout of glandular fever last year followed by an early season ankle injury, which kept her out of this season’s first round fixture.
“I hated it .. not being able to help your teammates.
“I couldn’t watch the games.”
Hislop was selected for a New Zealand under-17 development camp last year.
She has continued the same impressive form for Southern United in the national women’s league action, scoring five goals in five games.
Next year she will begin a physical education degree and footballing scholarship at the University of Otago, and lining up for the Football Ferns is on the radar.
“At some point I would definitely love to play for New Zealand – I’ve been close before.”