Getting to know you: Reading midfielder Lois Roche
With the season approaching, she reveals the biggest moaners, ones to watch and more at the Royals
With the 2016 FA WSL campaign fast approaching it’s time to learn a little more about our teams.
Here Reading midfielder Lois Roche lifts the lid on life at the newly-promoted WSL 1 club.
What was your highlight of last season?
Two in particular stand out. First, away to Aston Villa on the final day of the season, we won 3-2, won the league and lifted the trophy. The other one was the Watford game, when we got promoted and had a massive party afterwards. If I had to pick, I would say lifting the trophy was the highlight. All the hard work paid off. We knew we had to win but I don’t think there were any nerves beforehand. It just came down to going out there, enjoying it and embracing the challenge.
Were there any low points?
We only lost one game in the league, at home to Yeovil, so that has to be one of the low points, but I think the 2-2 draw with Oxford felt worse. They were our big rivals last season and we just didn’t perform. That was a bad day at the office.
What are you looking forward to most about next season?
I am looking forward to competing at the highest level, against the best teams in the country, coming up against all the big names in women’s football and doing ourselves proud. There is no pressure – every game is going to be like a cup final and we are going to go out there and enjoy it. We have got Arsenal away first game of the WSL season and that’s one we are really looking forward to. To start the campaign there is going to be brilliant.
Who is the one to watch this season?
We have got a great squad. Grace Moloney, our goalkeeper, is a hero for us really and she has got some great competition now with Mary Earps joining the club. That is perhaps one thing that was lacking last year but we have made some great signings, like Jade Boho-Sayo. She did wonders with Bristol last year, so I’m hoping she’s one to watch. Emma Follis has great pace too and she is one to keep an eye on.
Who is your best friend in the squad?
Now we are training full-time, I just can’t wait until the end of the week to see the back of them all! I’m joking, of course – the core of the squad has been together for a couple of years now and we get on so well. I have never experienced anything like it in the years I have played. There are no cliques, no best friends and it’s a brilliant atmosphere.
Who is the dressing room joker?
You are talking to her! I do get some stick because we had Sky Sports come down and interview us a couple of weeks back and they asked what my role in the team is. I said I just make everyone laugh and now apparently I’m the self-labelled team joker – I might as well embrace it.
Who moans the most?
Jade is Spanish and pre-season has been very cold. She wants to wear trousers for training but the manager is having none of it. Helen Ward also moans a fair bit – she doesn’t like waiting around before training – so I would say those two.
Who is guilty of never putting their phone down?
Nia Jones is always on Snapchat and she loves all the filters and that sort of stuff. Molly Bartrip is another one. I don’t think she travels without her portable charger and if anywhere doesn’t have plugs, she’s on the warpath!
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