By: Hibernian Media on 06 Sep, 2019 12:09
The countdown is on to Wednesday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32 showdown between Hibernian Ladies and SK Slavia Praha at Easter Road.
While Grant Scott and his squad are fully focused on Sunday’s SWPL head to head with Spartans, there’s real excitement ahead of the glamour game under the lights.
Hibs TV caught up with captain Joelle Murray, who is hoping that Hibernian supporters will pack out the stadium for the first leg – whether they’ve been to see the team before or fancy giving it a go for the first time.
Remember, it’s a 7.45pm kick-off and tickets are available now, priced at £10 for adults and £3 for concessions.
Joelle, how are things shaping up ahead of the Champions League on Wednesday?
It’s been really good. The squad are all thoroughly looking forward to it. We know it’ll be a tough contest. Slavia Praha are sixth seeds in the competition but I think it’s a test that we’re more than up to.
Everyone knows you are Hibs through and through, but we don’t suppose the novelty of running out at Easter Road ever wears off?
Not at all. I still love it and I get goose bumps every time I come here, even if it’s just to watch the men’s team on a Saturday. To be able to walk out of that tunnel, it means to much to me and my family. They’re all proud Hibs fans so I’m sure they’ll be delighted to see me walk out of the tunnel on Wednesday evening.
What sticks out from the last Champions League run-out at Easter Road against Bayern Munich?
I think the atmosphere was incredible. So much so that when I was on international duty last week with Scotland, Lisa Evans still talks about that night and said that it was one of the best experiences of her career. The atmosphere, the crowd, everything was second to none.
Heading into the international break you’d built up real momentum…
We had the three good results in Slovenia that earned us the game against Slavia Praha. Those were three really good performances as well, in tough conditions. We feel like we’re going into the game on Wednesday on the back of some good form. The girls are all looking forward to it.
Slavia Praha represent tough opponents, having qualified for the Champions League for the last five seasons and made the knockout stage in the last two years. What do you expect from them?
I think they’ll be a really tough, physical team who will be hard to break down. We’ve seen some footage and they’re pacey in the transition from defence to attack. The flip-side is that there are certain areas that we can exploit with our strengths. There are areas where we can take the game to them and they’re certainly not unbeatable. On our day we’re more than capable of scoring against anyone and that threat comes from all over the pitch. Hopefully we’ll see that on Wednesday.
What would you say to any Hibernian supporter weighing up whether or not to come along on Wednesday?
I’d say ‘come along’. If you’ve been along to one of our games then you’ll have seen that the quality is there. It’s a Champions League game under the lights at Easter Road, so whether you’re a Hibs fan or not, you’ll want to come along and experience that.
Image: Craig Doyle Media/Hibernian Ladies.