Phillips starring in Canada
Friday, 23rd July, 2010
Former Local soccer star Nikki Phillips has the best of both worlds, combining a holiday in Canada whilst playing soccer (or football as the rest of the world calls it).
Nikki was due to leave Australia last year, just before the local soccer grand final, but was not allowed to board her flight due to symptoms of a bad flu virus.
Nikki returned just in time to play in St Joseph's ladies' premiership team. In early 2010 Nikki made the trip successfully to Canada and is now having a ball with friends and playing soccer every week.
She is playing in a soccer competition with eight teams in Kamloops Canada, and her team is called Excel.
"Excel is a great team, the girls really made me feel welcome and they are very happy with me and they don't want me to leave," said Nikki recently.
"The competition is a lot different to back home as we don't have linesman here and thus, whatever the ref says goes sort of thing, but they are very fair umpires.
"We play on different fields every week which is good and I have been asked to play in a tournament from July 30 to August 2 (long weekend), by one of the other teams we play against, who are called Danchuk.
"That tournament is out of town, so we will be playing teams like Vancouver and Kewlona, which will be great, providing I can meet the cost to play of $450.
"I am currently one of the top goal scorers out of the whole competition with 29 goals in 18 games.
"We play every Monday and Wednesday and have won 17 games and drawn one, which is their best record apparently, so I am very happy about that.
"I am doing fine, enjoying my time in Canada but anticipate being home in October.
"I still wear my lucky number 13 guernsey."
Nikki keeps up with all the local soccer gossip by chatting with friends from the Hill on Facebook.
"I can always rely on Whitey, Dave Bearman or Georgia Picton for the latest 'goss' from the Hill, she said.