Remy Siemsen: Achieving The Dream

Remy Siemsen went to the Matildas last game in Parramatta on 9th November 2019 as a fan. On Saturday, she returned to the stadium as a player for her country and made her debut. Ben Gilby was in Siemsen’s press conference where she spoke about her incredible weekend.

Above: Remy Siemsen pictured after her debut. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia

“It was a dream come true to put on the Green and Gold. It was even more amazing to be able to do it in front of friends and family and on home soil, so I’m just grateful to have been given that opportunity. I didn’t get much sleep last night, it was like Christmas!”

Sydney FC’s Remy Siemsen has had a big 2021. A trip to the W-League Grand Final with her club when they were denied the title in heart-breaking fashion to a goal directly from a corner by Melbourne Victory’s Kyra Cooney-Cross with virtually the last kick of extra time was followed by an international call up for the game in Ireland last month before making her international debut on Saturday.

“Knowing that we are hosting a World Cup in 2023 makes it seem like it’s all come round at the right time. I just hope that I can build as a player and a person on and off the pitch.”

“The fans made it amazing, the atmosphere was electric when we stepped into the stadium. We were on the bus and saw all these fans going towards the stadium in their jerseys and I could tell within the group that we were all ecstatic. It was a really special moment for the playing group. A lot play overseas so it was nice for them to come back and see their families and put on a show for Sydney and Australia.

“We spoke about how amazing the atmosphere was and what we can now expect for the World Cup in 2023. To have that on our doorstep with fans, friends and families will be amazing. Saturday was just a small taste of that.”

Above: Remy Siemsen receives her first Matildas cap. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia

The joy of making her debut was tinged with the frustration of not being able to make physical contact with her family and friends after that game.

“It was bittersweet. When you have your debut, the first thing you want to do is hug your family and see your friends and people who have been with you on your journey. I was just grateful that we could even have fans there. It was hard, but the love was there and we all felt it. Some of the girls couldn’t have their families there because of border restrictions, so I was grateful that mine could be there.”

Siemsen is still getting used to the idea that she is a Matilda – she spoke about how it was not that long ago that she was going to watch the team as a fan.

“The girls have been nothing short of welcoming since I set foot into my first camp. They just said to relax and play my natural game. When I came on, I just wanted to make an impact and do my job the best I could for the team. I’ve looked up to them for most of my life so I’m still pinching myself that I’m here and get to play alongside. They tell me to be myself and play my authentic self.

“I was one of those girls on the other side of the fence in the past cheering on the Matildas and my favourite A-League Women’s team Sydney FC, so it was super humbling to see so many kids calling out my name after the game and wanting a photo. A lot of Manly United kids turned up, which is my junior club, proudly wearing their Manly United gear and that was really special to share my experience with those kids who are inspired to come and play for the Matildas.

“I was a fan last year, and the year before going to all the Matildas games. I went to the last game at the stadium (in Parramatta) and it was crazy to be entering the stadium as a player this time!

“It shows that if you really want something, if you really desire it, you can achieve it, and I hope that all the kids out there really enjoyed it.”

Above: A first Matildas cap for Remy Siemsen. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia

The period since the Ireland match has seen Siemsen based overseas in order to maintain a high level of fitness with the new A-League Women training period yet to begin.

“We were told after the last camp in Ireland that us Australian based players would have the opportunity to go and train with a professional club in Europe over the span between that game and this one and we jumped at that opportunity as it’s not every day that you get to taste test European football. We were so grateful to Fortuna Hjørring in Denmark. They are a great team with great hospitality. We had a great experience and it was really nice to be with Jamilla (Rankin), Kyra (Cooney-Cross), and Courtney (Nevin). We got really close really quickly sharing quite close spaces together. I’m very grateful that I could have that opportunity.”

“The transition (at Fortuna Hjørring) was a lot easier knowing we had Clare Wheeler, Angie Beard, Indiah-Paige Riley, and Alex Huynh over there and we had quite a few family dinners! I can’t speak more highly of that experience. We’re glad to be back on home soil and bring our experience of that time to here.

“My next step will be to look for an overseas move to experience another place and new gameplay. I loved my experience at Fortuna. I love being at Sydney FC but next year I am looking. It’s in the pipeline.”

Despite Saturday being a big day for her, Siemsen is focused on what is ahead later this week.

“We celebrated the win, but we know we have a job to do (on Tuesday), so we’ll be heading into that with a game plan, stick to our principles and play how we want to.”

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