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Female Focus 2020: Lani Bouckley (Connah’s Quay Nomads)

Lani Bouckley (right) with twin sister Rhonwen

Lani Bouckley had a great first season for Connah’s Quay Nomads, who finished runners-up in North Wales Women’s League Division Two.

She was also part of the Nomads squad which reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup at the first attempt.

Lani spoke to Grassroots North Wales about her career so far.

Full Name

Noelani Illyria Bouckley

Date of Birth



“Glami” Bouckley. Our North Wales footballers don’t spend all their lives in sports kit!

Office Manager

Teams you have played for

Early newspaper coverage for Lani with Mold

Northop Hall FC, Mold JFC, Buckley FC, Ruthin FC, Blacon FC, Upton FC


Lani is furthest right in this newspaper photo of her Ysgol Maes Garmon team

Currently winger, previously defence and goal

Most memorable game played in

Lani (red – No 11) in action against Wrexham. Pic: NCM Media

Pre season against Wrexham, I was so nervous but I think that helped me. I scored without thinking with my left foot 🙈

Biggest highlight of football career so far

To be honest, I’ve really enjoyed the progression and development that Nomads have provided me. I’ve really progressed and that has been my highlight

Best goal scored

Playing for Blacon and using my left foot. I managed to curl it into the top left hand corner.

Strengths to your game

Fitness, speed, strength


One on ones

Best team-mate played alongside

Shannon Hobbs

My twin sister obvs 😉 but I really enjoy playing alongside Shannon Hobbs at Nomads

Hardest opponent faced

Swansea FC

Biggest influence in football

Cristiano Ronaldo

Funniest team-mate

Rhonwen Wilde (my twin)

Favourite away ground

Not sure to be honest. I can’t really remember them

Other sporting achievements

Dancing, swimming, Sailing – gold medals in all.

Your name is really interesting…can you tell us anything about it please?

Lani with twin Rhonwen and other sisters Demetra and Stephanie

It’s Hawaiian, means mist of rain. My dad is very historic…….

Best country visited

So far Austrailia

Favourite chocolate bar

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Best after-match venue

anywhere with beer!

Best film seen

Rocket Man is the first one to mind but I love films so could give you a huge list

Current favourite song

Conversations in the Dark – John Legend

Favourite TV show

Schitts Creek

TV show you dislike most

The Only Way is Essex

Best quality as a person

caring and selfless

Worst fault

Never believe in myself

Best live show/concert seen

Gerry Cinnamon

Do you think we will play any football this season – we are all so in limbo at the moment

I hope so but it’s doubtful, Covid 19 is coming at force and I think to prevent any more cases we will have to prioritize.

How do you see Connah’s Quay Nomads women’s prospects for the next season?

I honestly think we’re going places. It’s a fresh team who seem to really get along, we’ve got a great strong and experienced team!

Tell us something about you we might not know

I hate melted cheese, strange I know but can’t stand it!

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