Red­backs quar­tet chase Matil­das dream

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A QUAR­TET of ris­ing un­der-15s play­ers from lead­ing women’s soccer club North­ern Red­backs in Balga are vy­ing to impress Matil­das se­lec­tors at the Girls Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships.

Pad­bury res­i­dent Eve Moore­croft, Yanka Stobbe of Darch, Ruby Co­hen of North Beach and Jennifer McG­lynn of Jin­dalee are rep­re­sent­ing WA at the cham­pi­onships held in Coffs Har­bour, New South Wales from July 16 to 20.

Team­mate Kait­lyn Bel­lanca, of Pearsall, trained and played with the squad in case of an in­jury.

The play­ers are the only state rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a club out­side of the Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre club, which is the elite de­vel­op­ment path­way for girls in WA.

Moore­croft said the girls have been play­ing and train­ing with both Red­backs and NTC on week­ends.

“We are in the B group this year but I think we have a chance be­cause we have been putting a lot of ef­fort in train­ing,” she said.

“Since we have come in, we have seen im­prove­ment in our­selves and it shows when we are play­ing in our games on Sun­day with our nor­mal team.”

WA and NTC coach Dar­ren Young said while the team aimed to fin­ish first af­ter com­ing sec­ond last year, the cham­pi­onships were more about giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to get re­cruited for na­tional camps and teams.

Red­backs ju­niors coach Neil Ben­nett said it was a spe­cial feel­ing for the club to be able to pro­duce play­ers who could rep­re­sent WA.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Jennifer McG­lynn, Ruby Co­hen, Yanka Stobbe, Eve Moore­croft and Kait­lyn Bel­lanca.

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