Masters graduate Erinna Wong is back in the National Women’s League fold after taking last summer off to focus on her final year of studies.
The Eastern Suburbs defender last turned out for Auckland in the 2015 National Women’s League campaign and having recently graduated from the University of Auckland is now able to put more attention towards the beautiful game.
“It feels really good to be back in this competitive environment,” Wong said.
“I recently graduated with a Master of Architecture which took two years to complete. Prior to that I did a Bachelor of Architectural studies which was three years.
“I took last summer off football to focus on completing my thesis for my masters.”
The long-time Auckland Football rep admits she missed being involved last season.
“I’ve grown up playing for Auckland, so I definitely missed the feeling of representing my region and the nature of the National Women’s League competition.
“It’s a great experience to be able to play out of town and sometimes in some cool locations or stadiums.”
Wong is joined in the Auckland squad by six Suburbs team mates all of whom endured a heart breaking end to their Lotto NRFL season.
The Lilywhites needed to beat Forrest Hill Milford in their final match of the season to wrench the title from Three Kings United’s grasp but were left to settle for a draw.
“Second place isn’t too bad I guess but there is always room for improvement,” Wong said of her club season.
“Hopefully next year we will go one better.”
Wong featured regularly in Mauro Donoso’s back four and is hoping the upcoming National Women’s League scampaign will help her work on areas she identified as weaknesses throughout the club season.
“Consistency is something that needs improvement, and I think that comes down to my own confidence and mental toughness.
“I think the National Women’s League is a good opportunity for me to work on these areas.”
Wong and her AFF team-mates kick off their 2017 campaign away to Southern United this Sunday under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium.