Football: Wellington Phoenix women on the precipice of more history as maiden home campaign dawns

Wellington Phoenix women are less than 24 hours away from creating history.

Sunday's A-League clash against Melbourne City will mark the first professional women's football match to be played in New Zealand.

So how's the team feeling? Newshub was invited round for dinner to find out.

Staying at Wellington's new New Zealand Campus of Innovation and Sport, seven players are living together before the new season.

Perhaps a good distraction before creating history.

"There's definitely nervous excitement among the group," said goalkeeper Georgia Candy. "I think we all have each others' backs.

"We're all supportive."

The 'SheNix' spent last season in Australia due to COVID-19 and finished bottom of the table.

But it's hoped being based at home this season can make all the difference.

"Everyone's raring to go play in front of their family and friends," said defender Charlotte Lancaster.

"Even some of the men's fans are coming to support both teams this year.

"It's going to be great."

Whatever the result, their historic season opener will have long-lasting effects on the women's game.

"Hopefully, for the generations to come, women's football will be more of a priority," said Milly Clegg.

And come Sunday, the team can celebrate with something a little stronger than sparkling grape juice.