Murray United’s Sabrina Hopewell reflects on A-League experience

Murray United's Sabrina Hopewell had the chance to work alongside some of the A-League and W-League's best players at Melbourne City.

Murray United's Sabrina Hopewell had the chance to work alongside some of the A-League and W-League's best players at Melbourne City.

It’s not every day you get to work with Australia’s leading goal-scorer.

But for Murray United physiotherapist Sabrina Hopewell, her dream became a reality when she spent a week in the inner sanctum of A-League club Melbourne City.

On her first day, the CSU Albury-Wodonga student met a number of City’s senior squad including Socceroos’ star Tim Cahill, who has since departed the club, Ross McCormack and Bart Schenkeveld.

Hopewell participated in the players’ rehab programs, working alongside former Tottenham Hotspur and Western Bulldogs’ physio Andrew McKenzie.

“Touring the facilities at City was an experience in itself, with state-of-the-art rehab and training equipment that reflected the incredible level of professionalism and official stature the club represented,” Hopewell said.

She also worked closely with City’s W-League side, treating some of the best female players in the nation, helping them through their final stage of the pre-season.

Former Murray coach James Coutts and several people at the club encouraged Hopewell to explore the opportunity, knowing she could bring knowledge back.

“I could not be more thankful to everyone at Melbourne City and Murray United who made this great opportunity available to me,” Hopewell said.

“The players were incredibly humbling and welcoming, and I can easily say it will be one of the most memorable experiences I ever have.

“I certainly can’t wait to watch and help the club (Murray United) continue to grow and thrive in the NPL in future seasons.

“I received a rare insight into what I can achieve in my career and met some amazing individuals in the process.”