MUFC Profile: Catching up with Remy Siemsen
Standout Manly United local junior Remy Siemsen left the comforts of the northern beaches earlier this year to chase her dreams as a professional footballer in America.
This week she spoke about her journey so far.
*Living away from home for the first time – how has that been? – Some of the challenges?
It has been eye opening to say the least. You go from having family, friends and coaches available / right there guiding, supporting and encouraging you – by your side – to suddenly finding random times of the day to call or chat to those people to fill them in on your day or what training I had or how I went in my game. I don’t think anything can really prepare you for you moving overseas by yourself. I’ve learned to be resillient in more ways than I thought possible and I have experienced a new country, culture and place. I have really felt I’ve matured as a person and player moving overseas. It was the right move for me, I believe and it was all planned, encouraged and endorsed by the national team coach, Alen Stajcic. We both thought it was the right decision for me to develop and grow and ultimately take my game to the next level.
*The life of a professional athlete – what you expected?
I knew it was going to be different and I knew that the US style of physical play is unique. I have found myself playing the game more physically and the speed of play is of a great tempo. It’s been really amazing learning new skills and new styles of play that I can bring into and adapt to my game.
*The set up/team at California Storm?
The set up is good. We train four-five times a week as a team and I do an extra session or two with u/18 rep boys as well as my own technical and tactical/ gym sessions. My team has many talented internationals from Colombia, Brazil, Russia and great players from some of the top colleges. Our coach is Jerry Zanelli is veteran of the game and has such an amazing depth of knowledge and understanding. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him. Our assistant coach is ex Brazilian international Sissi who I, at first was a bit star struck about as she is known as one of the best female players to ever play the game. She gives me so much good advice and I take everything she says or recommends on board. I feel like I’m constantly learning and developing which is great as that’s the main reason I decided to make the move over here.
*Run me through a typical training day and game day…what is involved….
My typical training day would consist of conditioning in the morning or a gym session, followed by a walk to sights around the city and exploring around. After that we usually have another team session at night and do more tactical and technical work at our home grounds with a nice grass pitch and sometimes on the NFL/football astro pitch. We do that four-five days a week. Personally, game days have always been something I am very ordered and routine about. I usually have a big breakfast of vegemite toast, coffee and fruit/yogurt and a small snack/ meal before the game. A music playlist is a definite and I try and just keep busy so I don’t overthink the game. The opposing teams we have played have had very strong, fast girls and technically smart players so it’s been a solid competition. I have started strong, scoring four goals in the first two games and being named in honourable mentions and Player of the round .
*What are you missing most from Australia?
I obviously miss my family, friends and DOG immensely and being able to see them most days – but I’m lucky to speak to them most days when the time difference works in our favour.
That’s been one of the most difficult things, not being able to talk to someone when you need them. I find myself having to wait for them to wake up and start their day when I’m already halfway through mine. Again I’m so fortunate to have met some really great people over here who have helped me settle in easily. I have also really missed our Australian breakfasts and better (smaller) portion sizes haha.
I miss our coffee and smashed avo and poached eggs on toast especially!. I know that will be the first meal I’ll have as soon as I get back to Australia. Last but not least I’m missing our beaches, we truly do live in the best country and place in the world.
I can’t wait to get back and go to North Curly beach.
*Keeping tabs on the girls at Manly United?
I have been trying to keep up with Manly every week and it’s so great to see they’re doing so well. I have no doubt they can get the job done for a second year in a row. I have really appreciated and I am grateful that some of the girls and coaches have kept in contact and have filled me in with the club’s results and team performances. It’s nice to know that I haven’t been forgotten.
*Plans for 2019 football wise following W-League with Sydney FC?
Since coming over here, I’ve really found some more motivation and determination heading into the 2018/19 W-League season. I’m ready for a big season and want to go one better than last year by winning the league and lifting that silverware. There’s been quite a bit of interest from many clubs which is really humbling and I’m lucky to have so many options. I haven’t had much time to think about committing just yet as I’m just focussed on having a good season abroad and coming back ready to go for an awesome season in W-League.