Emma loves challenge of play­ing against the best

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT -

COOKERNUP foot­baller Emma Innes booted it with the best in the School­sports Aus­tralia Aus­tralian Foot­ball Cham­pi­onships, help­ing bring home a bronze for WA.

De­spite only be­ing in AFL for two years Emma, an Aus­tralind Se­nior High School stu­dent, earned a place in the State Un­der-15 team from among 160 girls across WA in a series of tri­als ear­lier this year in Bunbury.

“This is my first year (on the State team), last year I didn’t trial,” Emma said.

Emma orig­i­nally played for South Bunbury and is now rep­re­sent­ing East Perth. Teams com­peted at venues in Perth over a week in­clud­ing Fre­man­tle, No­randa, Man­durah and Gos­nells with WA field­ing two girls teams.

Emma formed part of the ‘Black’ team for WA and faced off against the vis­it­ing States in five matches.

Emma said NSW proved the tough­est team in the com­pe­ti­tion, knock­ing WA out in the semi-fi­nal, though Vic­to­ria ended up win­ning the cham­pi­onship.

“It was def­i­nitely more chal­leng­ing than my usual games, but I like the challenge of com­pet­ing against peo­ple who are bet­ter or around the same abil­ity and re­ally strong com­peti­tors,” Emma said.

“I will def­i­nitely try out for next year.”

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