Murray excited to lead Hibs out at Easter Road against Bayern

Hibs Ladies captain Joelle Murray has revealed she'll be as proud as punch when she leads the side out for their mouth-watering Champions League round of 32 clash with German giants Bayern Munich at Easter Road next month.

Friday, 2nd September 2016, 5:30 am
Hibs Ladies manager Chris Roberts and captain Joelle Murray will pit their wits in the Champions League against Bayern Munich. Pic: TSPL

Yesterday’s draw at UEFA’s headquarters in the Swiss city of Nyon paired the Hibees with one of Europe’s powerhouses and the 11th seeds for this 
season’s competition.

Hibs, who were unseeded, will be at home first with the match likely to be played on Wednesday, October 5, before the return leg in Munich a week later.

Although Murray confirmed there was a real sense of 
euphoria amongst the squad as news filtered through they had been handed such a prestigious tie, next month’s fixtures will represent a pivotal moment in the lifelong Hibs supporter’s career.

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“It doesn’t get much better than this. I was there supporting the men’s team against Brondby in July and what an atmosphere that was Hopefully we can get a good turnout to come and support us on the night too so I really can’t wait,” the 29-year-old said.

“We’ve played at Easter Road before in the league but to be able to play there in the Champions League will be amazing, another level.

“I was watching the draw and my heart was going crazy. We were the second last tie out so as the teams were coming out my heart was beating faster and faster. But what a draw, what an opponent. We were guaranteed to play one of the top teams being unseeded but the attraction of Bayern Munich is unbelievable.”

Manager Chris Roberts was in Switzerland for the draw and said: “There’s obviously two sides to it. It’s a huge, huge tie for us as they’ve won the German championship the last two years so you know what you’re up against right from the start.

“But it’s also a chance for the players to pitch themselves against some of the very best and also bring that kind of player to Edinburgh. It’s hugely exciting. There’s no point in being in the competition if we don’t believe we can win the tie.”