The next generation of Tasmania’s female footballers are set to shine as they compete at the 2017 National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbor this week. The Tasmanian State Under 14 and 15 sides have flown out and will undertake a heavy schedule as they play 8 games in the space of 5 days, playing against teams from each of the State Federations.
Whilst the tournament is more about performance and talent identification of the next generation of prospective W-League/Matildas players rather than results, the coaches of the sides have suggested that by playing a team oriented game, the players stand a better chance of being noticed.
Coach of the Under 14 side Holly Ayton stressed
“By playing collectively as a team and working hard for each other the players will give themselves the best chance of standing out. If the team plays well, then the individuals in that team are more likely to impress. Whilst the results aren’t the main focus, we certainly want to win and the girls will get the best out of themselves if they are going into games with a winning mentality.”
She went on to praise the playing group and was hopeful of Tasmania punching above its weight on the national stage.
“We have a very talented squad of girls and if they work hard and go into every match with total commitment then hopefully we can surprise a couple of the bigger states.”
Coach of the Under 15 side, Ben Horgan echoed those sentiments stating
“We want individuals to have a good team platform for them to experience what it’s like to play against the best so they can show what they are capable of. We have a number of girls who should go away with high aspirations and if they work super hard and perform at the level they are capable of then there is no reason why a number of them can’t go onto bigger things.
Before the sides departed the Captains of the sides were announced with Amy Bissett to lead the Under 14’s with Bronte Gadon and Aline Kidd as Vice Captains.
Gadon said she was looking forward to the trip “It will be fun playing with friends. We’ve bonded well, everyone is really nice and they’re all very good players, so I think we will do alright.”
Key attacking weapon Madi Chambers was named the captain of the Under 15 side and she said she was excited for the upcoming trip.
“I’m really excited to go away with my friends and teammates. I think if we all work hard and take the skills that we have learnt over the past few weeks, we can do really well and be competitive against the other States. We all should be going in with a winning mentality as we’ve all pushed hard, we’ve worked well together and gotten a lot out of the sessions. I think we can really play some good football over there.”
You can fkeep up with the results throughout the week by going to http://northernnswfootball.com.au/high-performance/national-youth-championships/