Multiple championships, Grand Finals, Kate Gleeson Medals and top scorers are some of many accolades achieved by Teonie Rushton. Since moving up from Northern NSW for study purposes, Rushton has had nothing but success over her time playing football on the Gold Coast.
Playing the game for over 20 years, Rushton played for Griffith University, Broadbeach and Robina on the Gold Coast. During her time on the Gold Coast, she has seen the competitive nature of the competition grow.
“The Premier League has always been competitive each year. Clubs continue to field good quality teams and the level of competition is strong,” said Rushton.
However, after two very recent successful years on the Gold Coast, she felt it was time to make the move to the NPL.
“I decided to play for Souths in the Women’s NPL this year and I am loving it. I thought it was time to push myself a little more and make the move up. It is so nice to play with a team of like minded playing in a very strong competition.”
Although no longer part of the local competition on the Gold Coast, Rushton has left a positive impact on all the players she has played with during her time here, nurturing the younger girls in her teams to strive to achieve more.
What was her biggest advice to younger girls wanting to play at a higher level?
“Play with the boys for as long as you can! You will learn a lot and become a lot faster and stronger. Make the move to NPL or a local club that really value women and regard you as highly as the mens teams.”
Rushton was quick to praise her current suitors and her last Gold Coast club for their dedication to female football.
“I can’t show enough praise to Souths and Robina for the dedication they put into developing women’s football in their respective competitions. It is so great to see and even better to be part of,” said Rushton.