We caught up with Gills Ladies Midfielder Emma Tune this week to chat about the Pre-Season schedules, the upcoming season opener away to Tottenham and the expectations of then getting to step out onto the Priestfield pitch.
Emma is one of only a few players that remained on Gills books from the players of last season. The summer has seen a big change under the Gillingham Ladies umbrella and Emma said;
“There really have been massive changes at the club, the link between us and the men’s team is great and hopefully the start of good things to come. Obviously Crouchy [ex manager James Marrs] and a lot of the first team players going to Brighton did impact on our original preparation. He is a great coach and i learnt a lot from him, I would just like to wish him all the best down at Brighton and the same with the girls. Pre-season has been good, it took me a while to settle for reasons but I have really enjoyed the past couple of weeks. People are starting to relax and we are beginning to build up our understanding of each other which is good.”
The new partnership between the Ladies side and the Gillingham men’s side is something the girls have had to adjust to, as the transition sees a new regime and approach to the team
“It has taken some getting used to but Darren and now Simon are doing a really good job. They both know their stuff and have put on some really good sessions for us over the past few weeks. I like that Simon wants us to get the ball down and play and am positive we can get his ideas out on the pitch. The link we now have with the men’s club is great for us and means we have been able to enjoy more of what the men do. We recently had a really good but tough gym session with Darren at Priestfield including the steps [of the Rainham End] and afterwards we were able to make full use of the ice baths and pool which would never have happened before.”
Pre-Season has seen Gills victorious against Milton Keynes and a narrow defeat to WSL2 side Millwall Lionesses, Emma is positive after the results
“Both games were good, for us to get minutes in our legs which is what preseason is all about. I felt the second game against Millwall was a much bigger test for us and was a game we performed better in. There were some really good individual performances and we looked more like a team and actually worked for each other which perhaps wasn’t there in the first game against MK Dons.”
So the season starts in under two weeks and the first home game is a week later, we asked Emma if she was excited at the season ahead and gracing the pitch at Priestfield stadium
“I’m really excited to get the season started that’s what it’s all about. Hopefully we can give a good account for ourselves and pick up a result against Spurs. Yes stepping out at Priestfield I cannot wait for the pitch looks amazing, it will be good to play on the same pitch as the men do. It will be nice if we can get a bit more support down to Priestfield to cheer the girls on as well.”
Gillingham Ladies kick off the season away at Tottenham in the 24th August, a week later sees the first home game of the season at Priestfield. Ebbsfleet in the League Cup first round on Sunday 31st August 2pm Kick off.