BALLAJURA soccer player Carla Bennett has set her sights on scoring a second season with Perth Glory.
Bennett (24) has been playing for Northern Redbacks Women Soccer Club, based in Balga, for seven years.
The centre midfielder said she started playing soccer at six or seven years of age.
“I started at Ballajura and dad used to always kick the soccer ball around with me,” Bennett said.
She played for Perth Glory women’s team last season and is one of many local players coached by Glory legend Bobby Despotovski.
Bennett said she enjoyed playing at both clubs.
“I take my game seriously at Redbacks and I want to try to play for Glory again this season,” she said.
“The seasons run in different months – Glory plays in the summer and it goes for four months and Redbacks play throughout the winter.”
The Curtin University graduate said there was a distinct difference between state and national leagues.
“I guess the standard is a lot higher at Glory as there was training five times a week and travelling interstate for games,” she said.
“It is a lot more relaxed at Redbacks, where there is more emphasis on having fun and making friends.
“It is more like a family community at Redbacks compared with Glory.”
When asked about her career, she said she was comfortable at her current level.
“I am not sure if I want to go further … I enjoy the level that I am playing and I never want to lose the fun of it all,” she said. The Northern Redbacks’ new change rooms were unveiled last week and Bennett said she welcomed the upgraded facilities.
“We always wanted our club to have facilities where we can hang around after training and a place for us to sit down and eat,” she said.
“The change room’s facilities are great as well…we used to change out on the grass because we did not like club rooms and now we have our own space.”