Emily gets NZ call up


Emily Jensen admits her emotions were “all over the show” when she received the phone call saying she was in the Football Ferns and that just two days later she’d be heading to China.
The 18 year old former Waimea College student has been a regular for New Zealand women’s age group teams, playing for both the Young Football Ferns and Junior Football Ferns in recent times.
But this week’s call up to the senior team as a replacement for the injured Ali Riley came as a big surprise for the tall central defender. “I got the call Wednesday around 11.30pm, had Thursday free then Friday I woke early to line up and get a visa, pack, then be at the airport by 9am,” she says, reflecting on a whirlwind few days. “It’s such an awesome opportunity to travel, train and play with the best women footballers in New Zealand,” she says.
The Football Ferns, who are ranked 16th in the world, will play China, Korea DPR and Mexico this week in a four team invitational tournament, and Emily hopes to impress selectors in order to become a permanent selection in the New Zealand national team. “I’m definitely going to take as much as I can from this tour whilst showing the coaches all I’ve got. My goal now that I’m in the mix of the team is to keep training hard and keep improving in all areas of my game.”
Emily, a member of the Mainland Pride team which took out the 2013 ASB Women’s League, recently moved to Auckland where she will work part time for Media Works and train with the Junior Football Ferns.