Getting to know . . . Beth Weller
Beth Weller is an energetic and creative midfielder who we have high hopes for in the future. The New Zealander arrived at the club last year, here is an insight into the hardworking playmakers journey at Charlton so far…
You’ve been at the club for 1 Year, what’s been your biggest achievement so far?
I am still very new to the club, however my greatest achievement for the club so far is definitely when I made my debut for the 1st team against Crystal Palace – the experience was fantastic and I can’t wait to play more games for them.
How have things changed since you first joined the club, and how did you find the transition from girls to senior football?
There has been a lot of changes to the structure since the start of the season, but they have been positive ones that have benefited the club.
I started playing senior football when I was 14, about 5 years ago. Despite it being a long time ago, the most difficult thing I found transitioning from junior to senior football was the speed of play and the strength of the players. I also found the senior players play smarter and very tactically. However I found that by having quick feet it allowed me to beat players and pass the ball on or shoot.
Best thing about the club?
The atmosphere. It is like having an extended family, everyone is so friendly and gets along really well. It is nice to be at a club where everyone supports, encourages, and pushes each other.
As a player, what are your best attributes and what are your goals for this season and beyond?
I think that my best attribute as a player is my speed on the ball and being able to instantly hit the on switch. I love the creative side of the game, surprising your opposition by playing the unexpected pass or taking a surprise shot. My goal for this season is to be a part of the 1st team by the end of the season. My goals for beyond? I would love to play in the Super League, it would be even better if it was for Charlton! I would also like to play internationally, whether it be for England or New Zealand.
What advice would you give the younger girls in the club, and young girls across the country who want to develop from girls to senior football at a high level?
Train hard. Practise the basics in your own time so that they become clinical and natural. Moving into senior football from junior football, you have to be aware that the players will be stronger and more experienced. However if you work on your speed, both on and off the ball, you will find it easier to transition.
Let’s hear more about you and your teammates . . . . . .
Do you have any pre-match routines or superstitions…?
There is a long list...a few of my routines is making sure my bag is ready the day before. I always put my shin-pads, socks, and boots on in the same order for every game. And of course I make sure I clean my boots after every match.
Who is the joker in the team…?
I don’t know really. If I was to pick anyone it would have to be Hannah Nebbit and Sharna Giordani, they are always pranking each other!
If you could have 1 attribute of a teammate, what would it be…?
Emily Ashcroft’s speed…she is really quick! She beats every defender on the pitch.
And finally . . . .who spends the longest in front of the mirror…?
It has got to be Georgia Pearch! She can’t be seen without her bottle of hairspray on match day.