Michelle Heyman is only a newcomer to the Illawarra Stingrays ranks in 2008 but many of her current team mates were well aware of her ability prior to this season.
After scoring two goals in last season?s local competition Grand Final the scouts were sent to sign Michelle up for the Arrive Alive NSW Women?s Super League. Her attacking partnership with Michelle Carney this season has been dynamic with the ?Two Michelles? dominating most teams in the league through their speed, combination and skill.
Occupation: I?m employed at Warilla Bowling Club doing bar work.
Representative Honours: No football representative honours. I didn?t play football at school either.
Which junior club did you play for? : My first club was Warilla Wanderers Under 11?s. That was a mixed team; boys and girls. I played with Warilla for 5 years before going to Port Kembla Under 18?s. Then I joined Shellharbour City who I was with up until signing with The Stingrays.
Why football? : My cousins were playing in a team and my uncle was the coach. So, I played with them. Now football is just my whole life!
Most respected opponent? : Claire Cherrigton from Gladesville Ravens.
If you could sign any player in world football to join Illawarra Stingrays, who would it be? : Mark Milligan
If you had to sing a song at karaoke, what would it be? : Anything by Jimmy Barnes. Cold Chisel songs would be my second choice. Jimmy Barnes is great!
Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with? : The singer, Pink.
Interests outside of football? : Music, surfing, hanging out with my friends.
Favourite meal before a game? : Spaghetti
Favourite football memory? : Last year?s Grand Final for Shellharbour City against University of Wollongong. We won 3-2 with a last minute goal. I scored two of our goals.
Who?s the team to beat in the Arrive Alive NSW Women?s Super League? : Western NSW Panthers
Thank you for your time Michelle. Hope you get over your latest injury quickly. Good luck to both yourself and your Illawarra Stingrays team mates for the remainder of the 2008 season.
-By Ross Anderson