Hingst enjoys first W-League outing

Hingst has started her time at the Jets on a high with a 3-nil win over Adelaide United.

Internationally renowned German defender, Ariane Hingst, has started her first season as a Novocastrian on a high; leading the Newcastle Jets to a 3-nil victory over Adelaide United at Adamstown Oval last Saturday.

Whilst Hingst was happy they got the win, she know there is improvement in the team she is captain of.

“It was clear in the first half of the game the girls were all a little bit nervous,” Hingst said.

“We made a few unnecessary errors but we were lucky that Adelaide did not capitalise on these.

“The second half of the match was much better; we worked together more as a team and became more comfortable with the ball.

Hingst hasn-t been in Australia long, but is certainly enjoying her time at the Jets.

“The team has been very welcoming and supportive,” she said.

“There is a great structure within the team, a great team spirit and I-m glad to be a part of it.

“I hope we can win the W-League this year and with the experience and enthusiasm of the team I think we are in with a very good chance.”

However winning is not something new for the 32-year old.

Her career is certainly impressive; winning two World Cups, four European Championships and three bronze medals at the Olympics.

Hingst will be combining her international knowledge of the game with the different style Australian football presents.

“I was approached to play in the W-League whilst on a scuba diving trip, it was only when I arrived back home that I saw all the messages and emails as I had been without any phone or internet access,” laughed Hingst.

“Initially I had been approached by Newcastle and Brisbane, but I decided to join Newcastle as they have such a solid reputation and were extremely professional.

“The game is slightly different here than it is in Germany but it is hard to say how different it is as I have only played one game so far.”

Crowd numbers at the Jets W-League season opener over the weekend close to the 1000 mark, something that didn-t go unnoticed by the players.

“We had great support from the members and fans on the weekend. I really want to encourage Newcastle to come and support us.

“Hopefully we can deliver quality entertainment for our members and supporters and in turn gain more followers.

“After the match we had for photographs and autographs with everyone that was there, this way we get to know our members and fans and build our Newcastle family.”

The Newcastle Jets hope to get their first win on the road when they take on the Brisbane Roar on Saturday at Cleveland Showgrounds from 4.00pm (local time).

The next W-League game at home is the following Saturday, November 12 when they host Sydney FC at Adamstown Oval from 3pm.

A reminder Jets ticketed members are entitled to free entry to W-League and Youth home games.