December 7, 2023

Davis makes Israel debut: “It felt great to be back on the field again”

Fiji’s Trina Davis has made her debut for her new side ASA Tel Aviv.

Fiji's Trina Davis has made her debut in Israel for ASA Tel Aviv.
Fiji’s Trina Davis (no.9 in light blue) has made her debut in Israel for ASA Tel Aviv. (Photo credit: Screenshot)

The debut comes just days after her move from the USA to Israel. She played the first half in a 0-0 draw with table-toppers Maccabi Kiryat Gat. ASA Tel Aviv currently sit fourth in the table.

“It felt great to be back on the field again, I love this team and how they play. They all play to win, fast, they all want to be there, so it’s nice to play with a team that has the same mindset as you,” Davis tells Football in Oceania.

She played on the right wing in her first start for her new side.

“I like right wing, but I’m just not comfortable with how they play as a team yet because I just got here. I know as time goes on, I’ll be able to fit right in.”

So far the language is the biggest barrier for Davies.

“Yes language I would say would be one of the hardest things being here, a lot of people speak Hebrew, even the majority of the team, so a few of them translate for me and a couple other Americans,” Davis says, and admits that Google Translate has been a valuable tool the first few days.

Trina Davis in action for Fiji in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup against Tonga (Photo credit: Avikash Chand/OFC Media)

Davis says the move to the Israeli side came about thanks to former Fiji men’s head coach Christophe Gamel. Gamel has also helped out the women’s team and has kept in touch, Davis says.

“He asked me in June if this is something I wanted to do and I said yes,” Davis says.

The 19-year-old attacker has signed a contract until June.

And while the full club name is ASA Tel Aviv University Sport Club, Davis will not be studying at the university.

“No I will do online stuff while I’m here through a university. It’s a club affiliated with the university but I will not be studying here at Tel Aviv university,” Davis says.

ASA Tel Aviv’s next match is March 4th, when they travel to play sixth placed Hapoel Ra’anana.

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