Warrnambool Rangers defender Wren Wood relishes having the game play out in front of her eyes

BACK BONE: Warrnambool Rangers defender Wren Wood is relishing playing in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association. Picture: Christine Ansorge
BACK BONE: Warrnambool Rangers defender Wren Wood is relishing playing in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association. Picture: Christine Ansorge

When Warrnambool Rangers women’s player Wren Wood sets up in her position at centre back she likes to keep the play right where she can see it.

Wood, who is in her first season with the Rangers’ division one women’s side after crossing from Warrnambool Wolves in the off season, said she was fond of her spot in defence and relished the tests her position provided.

“I really enjoy playing in defence and being able to watch the game from a distance and being able to read the play as it unfolds in front of my eyes,” the 17-year-old told The Standard.

“But I still find it challenging playing in the back line and it forces me to keep on my toes when I face the faster opposition players, which is where my speed comes in handy.”

Wood’s decision to take up the world game 10 years ago was based on her admiration of the sport from a distance.

“I live around the corner from Harris Street Reserve (where the Wolves play) and I used to drive past every day after school and I always loved watching them training as I drove past,” she said.

“So when I was about seven I asked my parents if I could go down and play and it started from there.”

Wood, who follows recently-crowned English Premier League champions Manchester City, said she was hoping to improve two areas of her game.

“I have been working on my ball handling skills and making sure my passes get to a player I want, because if I do muck up the passes it can change the game in an instant,” she said.

The Rangers have won all their games this season, with Wood an instrumental part in the side, which has conceded just seven goals from six matches. 

She said the impressive start had not been all smooth sailing for the side.

“It hasn’t been easy, it has been challenging, but we have a really strong, close-knit squad, which has helped us get such a good record,” she said.