Sisters Kirsten (left) and Lauren Vereen.
Sisters Kirsten (left) and Lauren Vereen.

Sisters keep talents in the family with Pride, Roar

THE Veeren family's relationship with Western Pride continues this season with goalkeeper Lauren replacing her older sister and former captain Kirsten at the club.

Kirsten's form between the sticks for Pride over the past two seasons secured her a Brisbane Roar spot at the start of the current W-League season.

Younger sister Lauren is one of two new keepers who have joined Pride looking to nail down the number one shirt.

Lauren started her Pride career with a clean sheet as the under 17 girls defeated Mudgereeba 3-0.

She is expected to challenge Holly Ver Der Zee as senior starting goalkeeper over time.

Western Pride are preparing to play their rescheduled match against Brisbane Roar on Monday night at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

Lauren said the reason she took up goalkeeping was largely to do with her older sister Kirsten.

"I played both on the field and in goals until I was 10 and then I decided to be a keeper,” Lauren said.

"Kirsten's probably the main reason I'm a keeper because I've always looked up to her. Whenever somebody asks I always say I'm better than her and I know that isn't true.”

Lauren said she had benefited from seeing the lessons Kirsten learned on her rise to join Brisbane Roar.

"Kirsten didn't talk (on the field) until she was 16 and since she's really drilled into me to talk to my defence,” Lauren said.

The presence of former Matilda goalkeeper Belinda Kitching was another factor in why Lauren joined Pride.

"Belinda is the reason the goalkeepers are so included in training and she gives a lot of great tips about keeping,” Lauren said.

"We'll do conditioning games and she'll always put the keepers in goals, so we get some time to work with the team.”

Big sister Kirsten, 23, was delighted Lauren signed for Pride after dropping plenty of hints over the years.

"She's young, she's 15, and she's always looked up to me,” Kirsten said.

"She's been goalkeeping since she was three years old so she's done it for a long time and has a lot of experience.

"It's good to have her at Pride as I've been trying to get her here for a few years.”

Game day

Tonight (6.15pm): NPL women - Western Pride v Brisbane Roar. U20 men's match between Pride and Roar follows at 8.15pm.



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