By: Hibernian Media on 01 Aug, 2019 13:00
Sunday 19 May seems an awful long time ago, but that is the date that Hibernian last played in the SWPL with the league closing down for the summer.
There were a number of players involved in the World Cup this summer, plus another substantial contingent playing at the Under-19s European Championships that were held in Scotland.
Now though, the league campaign is about to get back under tomorrow and Hibernian have a cracker of a game to play in – away to league leaders Glasgow City at Petershill Park, with the game kicking off at 2:10pm. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2 for under-16s.
Captain Joelle Murray says that the whole squad are just looking forward to Sunday and getting their stuck back into playing club football once again.
She said: “We’re all really looking forward to Sunday’s match. It’s been a long summer and a long break from domestic football.
“Everyone is looking forward to it because when you are training without a game it feels like you are training without a purpose. Now the games are coming it is really exciting and what a game to start with.”
As ever, when Hibernian come up against Glasgow City there are usually talking points galore, but the standout one ahead of Sunday is the west coast side’s capture of former Hibernian winger Rachel McLauchlan.
The Scotland international left to join Yeovil Town earlier this year and has come back north of the border following the Glovers’ relegation from the top flight in England.
Whilst she is friends with the players in the Hibernian camp, she will become their enemy for the duration of the game as Hibernian aim to cut the gap with a victory. Joelle says it is up to her and the rest of the team to ensure she has a quiet debut in orange and black
The defender said: “It will be weird coming up against Rachel. She was with us for so long before she moved down south to Yeovil. She’s come back up and it is disappointing that she won’t be wearing a Hibs strip.
“She’s a lovely girl and a friend to so many in the squad, but certainly for 90 minutes on Sunday she’ll be the enemy.
“We of course know what she is all about. She’s a great player and we just have to try and focus on stopping her and her team-mates and playing our own way.
“The game is a must win. Regardless of the points difference, any game against City is a must win.
“We want to go out and perform and get a result on Sunday. It doesn’t matter if they are five points ahead of us or we’re five points ahead of them, any game against them is a must win.”
The World Cup this summer showed that there is a huge surge in support for the women’s game, especially in Scotland. During their time in France they were back page headliners in all Scottish newspapers and TV viewing figures reached new heights.
Ahead of the World Cup Scotland took on Jamaica in a friendly in front of a record crowd of 18,555 at Hampden Park, with Joelle keen to see people coming along to Sunday’s game and see two of the country’s best sides go head-to-head in a top of the table clash.
She said: “The Jamaica game before the World Cup showed that the support is there for the women’s game.
“We got a record crowd at Hampden for that game, but then at the World Cup the attendances there and the viewing figures too were all really great and incredible.
“I’d urge people to come along and experience it first hand. There is no doubt that there is quality in both teams.”