Kristen Hamilton is the type of player Wanderers fans dreamed about. The Red and Black army don’t need to pinch themselves though, she is real and she is here!
Kristen Hamilton may have scored all three Wanderers goals in the big win over Brisbane Roar last night, but the star striker preferred to focus on her team mates, heaping praise on them for helping her become the first Wanderers W League player to score a hat-trick.
Hamilton along with North Carolina championship winning team mates Lynn Williams and Denise O’Sullivan, wreaked havoc on the Roar last night to power the Wanderwomen to a 3-1 win.
“It’s awesome, we have played together at the North Carolina Courage, we have played together for five years now,” said Hamilton of Williams. “We know each other well and each other’s tendencies.”
Hamilton admitted having her Courage team mates with her has helped her settle into the new look Wanderers team.
“It’s really good to just have some people you are familiar with,” she said. “That is one of the biggest transitions coming down here, it is a whole new team and a whole new atmosphere.
“We have a short amount of time to build that chemistry. So I think it is really unique that we have the opportunity to already come here with that. We know what each other likes and what each other does.
“If Lynn doesn’t make those runs and create those chances, I don’t score those goals tonight.”
Hamilton, who has taken her season tally to four goals in three games, also saved special praise for veteran midfielder Ella Mastrantonio and young defender Courtney Nevin.
“Ella is awesome, she runs the midfield, very tidy and very clean...you can give her the ball anywhere and she can get out of it, she is really fun to play with.
“Cortnee was unbelievable too, she was everywhere, winning every tackle...it’s hard to believe she is only 17.
“She is so mature the way she carries herself, her knowledge of the game is unique for her age. Hats off to her she put in a phenomenal effort tonight.”
Hamilton who is in Australia for the first time, admits she is enjoying life down under despite some of the differences to her homeland:
“I love it...it’s hard to get used to the driving and that kind of stuff, but other than that it’s been a pretty smooth transition.
“I have friends here off the field so it kind of helps to have them show me the ropes.”
The Wanderers travel to Morwell next Saturday to face Melbourne Victory, who will be fresh off their Asian Champions League campaign.
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