She’s a 17-year old who, until recently, lived on a stud farm 130 kilometers south west of Brisbane.
However last Saturday night Zara Kruger was one of the stand out performers in Sydney FC’s Derby win in front of a record Liberty A-League crowd.
The Queenslander, who hails from Warwick, might have been a surprise name on the starting list for some, however the Young Matilda took it all in her stride.
“It was really exciting to be out there in front of that record crowd and I really enjoyed myself,” she said.
“Everyone put in strong performances and to win the derby in such a positive and good atmosphere was an amazing feeling.”
Kruger returns north this weekend to face a Brisbane Roar side who she made her Liberty A-League debut with last season, as well as a further nine appearances.
“It’s going to be very exciting to be returning home, my family are coming to support me so I’m looking forward to playing well in front of them.
“It’s great to be heading back to Queensland so early in the season.”
The youngster is under no illusions about the size of the task facing the Sky Blues, following the Roar’s opening weekend defeat at a strong Melbourne Victory side.
“Brisbane Roar have made some really strong signings, and their win last weekend will have given them a lot of confidence.
“But we’ve really been given a boost by our win last Saturday night as well, and it sets the game up nicely as one we can all look forward to.”
The Sky Blues ladies travel to Brisbane on Friday afternoon before kick off in Brisbane at 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
Saturday 21 October 2023
Kick Off: 4:pm AEST
Broadcast Live: 10Play