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Michael Fitzgerald

Date of birth: 17/9/1988
Place of birth: Tokoroa
Position: Defender
Current club: V-Varen Nagasaki (JAP)
Previous clubs: Zweigen Kanazawa (JAP), Japan Soccer College (JAP), ALbirex Niigata (JAP)

‘A’ internationals (Goals): 3

‘A’ international debut: 25 Mar, 2011 vs China



Northland born and raised, Abby Erceg first started playing for Whangarei Rovers as a five year old. A qualified personal trainer, Erceg enjoys tennis and free running in her limited spare time.

One of the youngest players to reach 50 caps, Erceg did so at great pace setting a record for 37 consecutive starting appearances from her debut in late 2006 until injury in 2009 ruled her out of a friendly in Japan. Remarkably, the only other ‘A’ international Erceg has missed since her debut was a World Cup qualifier in 2010 for which she was rested.

Of Maori (Ngapuhi) heritage, Erceg’s favourite opponents to play are New Zealand’s Trans-Tasman rivals Australia while her most memorable moment , alongside playing at the 2008 Olympic Games, is scoring New Zealand’s first ever goal at an U-20 World Cup (against hosts Russia in 2006).