Striker gets call-up

STRIKER: Helen Collins.
STRIKER: Helen Collins.

Prolific Waikato striker Helen Collins has received a deserved call-up to the Football Ferns.

Collins is the only new cap named by New Zealand women's coach Tony Readings for the  Cyprus Cup to be held next month.

The Waikato-Bay of Plenty and Claudelands Rovers goalpoacher has been a dominant force at national league level in recent years.  She was the leading scorer in this season's ASB Women's League with ten goals in six games for WaiBOP and also netted 45 goals for Claudelands last year as the won the Northern Regional league title.

"Helen has dominated the domestic scene for a few years now in the ASB Women's League and regional competitions and she gets her opportunity to try and replicate that form at international level,'' Readings said.

"She brings something a bit different into the attacking mix, she's direct and physically imposing with great finishing abilities."

The 24-year-old played for New Zealand at the Oceania Football Confederation under-20 Women's Championship in Samoa in 2006 and was part of the squad that travelled to the World Cup in Russia that year, making two appearances off the bench.