Rising Ryan

Charley Ryan credits teammates for stand out performance against Gippsland

February 3, 2022

In every sense of the word, Charley Ryan is a leader.

During the Stingrays’ Round 2 match against Gippsland last Saturday, Ryan led in every way.

She led in the number of goals scored for the day (kicking five majors in total) and she equalled the lead for the most disposals for the Stingrays squad with a total of 26.

Putting on an awe-inspiring performance – especially for the Stingrays’ Under 17 Futures Squad who played in the match before – her humility and team-first attitude is what truly makes Ryan an all-class leader.

“I wouldn’t have been able to play like that without the girls, so [it was] a good team effort overall.”

Joining the Stingrays’ leadership this year lead by co-captains Felicity Crank and Mackenzie Eardley, Ryan admits that this year her approach to the season has altered slightly to set a good example for the younger players on the squad.

“I try to get around the girls a bit more and step up, because I know the younger girls are looking up to us girls in the leadership group.” Ryan explains.

“But I try to keep it the same and not change it too much.”

While any player in the forward line would be thrilled with a five-goal game, Ryan admits that as a midfielder it can’t be done without a group effort from her teammates.

“Obviously everyone wants to kick goals,” Ryan says.

“But it helps being brought forward.”

As the Stingrays march into Round 3 on top of the NAB League Girls ladder, Ryan maintains a level head when approaching the upcoming competition, stating that the goal is to keep playing well and consistently.

When asked on the key to the Stingrays hot start to the season, Ryan credits three things:

“Playing as a team, playing selflessly, and high training standards.”

Dandenong Stingrays take on Bendigo Pioneers 10:50am Sunday February 6 at Highgate Recreation Reserve, Craigieburn.

By Jazz Bennett