Look forward, play forward – Olivia Ingham

Story courtesy of College Sport Media


“Look forward, play forward,” is the mentality Olivia Ingham adheres to. It’s sound advice for surviving the boredom of lockdown and prior to Level 4 fueled a killer instinct in front of goal.

In 2021 the Onslow College First XI football striker, is the leading goal scorer in all premier competitions with 11 goals. Should the season resume, Onslow only needs a draw against second-placed Wellington Girls’ to guarantee their place in the final.

“I love being a part of the first division and helping my team to play good football,” Ingham said.

“We are strong all-round. Our defensive third is really solid and with Nicola Ross and Pepi Oliver Bell attacking we have a strong link when pushing forward.”

The searing pace of Ross combined with the vision and creativity of Oliver Bell has helped Onslow score 25 goals in nine games this season. Ingham is responsible for nearly half of them.

“My favorite goals would have to be the two I scored against Wellington East. We were down 1-0 and I scored outside the 18-yard box to level the scores. It was a really tight game and in injury time we won a free kick and the cross landed in the middle of the box. I ran and headed it with the last play of the game. We won 2-1 which was really awesome.”

She netted four goals against Paraparaumu College a feat not bettered by any player this season.

Olivia in action for the Phoenix academy

Her goal scoring prowess hasn’t gone unrecognised. She is in the Wellington Phoenix Academy training with boys and in October last year and April and July this year was a part of the New Zealand Under-17 training squad.

“It was really cool to be invited to those camps. I learned heaps and want to take football as far as I can,” Ingham said.

The Phoenix have been pushing hard for inclusion in the Australia women’s league with a development side seen as key in securing a license.

Ingham plays for Lower Hutt who are affiliated with the Phoenix, developing youth talent. She previously played for North Wellington FC whose seniors evidently won the Capital Premiership in July.

Capital Football Trophy standings pre lockdown:

Teams Played Win Draw Loss For Against Points
Onslow 9 7 1 1 25 6 22
Well Girls’ 9 7 1 1 22 3 22
Well East 9 6 1 2 23 3 19
HVHS 9 3 2 4 12 16 11
Paraparaumu 9 1 1 7 8 30 4
Marsden 9 0 0 9 4 36 0