Ge­or­gia ready to daz­zle for state

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH jonathon. tuxworth@ news. com. au

NORTH­ERN Fury junior Ge­or­gia Keioskie reck­ons she might be “a bit lonely” as the only re­gional player cho­sen in the un­der- 15 foot­ball side for next week’s na­tional championships in Coffs Harbour.

But she’s con­fi­dent Queens­land can put up a fight for the tro­phy when the championships get un­der­way on Mon­day.

Three other Fury play­ers – Brylee Row­botham, Ge­or­gia Fog­a­rty and Lara Sk­er­ratt – were cho­sen in the un­der- 14 side.

The teams trav­elled to Brisbane on Wed­nes­day for a train­ing camp and Keioskie, who has played the game since she was five, will play as an at­tack­ing mid­fielder.

Asked if be­ing the only re­gional player in the side added to her achieve­ment, Keioskie said: “Yeah but I’m a bit sad none of my close friends made it.

“It’s harder for us to make it be­cause Brisbane girls get seen reg­u­larly, while we only get seen once in a while.

“I’ve played since I was five. My brother pushed me into it.”

Keioskie also rep­re­sented the Queens­land school­girls when she was 12, and last year ac­com­pa­nied the state team on a tour of Ja­pan.

But she is un­de­cided whether she will pur­sue the game at a higher level like the W- League.

“I’m not too sure about that one yet. I don’t know if I want to go down that path or go to uni and study.

“But play­ing for Aus­tralia would be pretty cool.”


PROUD MO­MENT: Ge­or­gia Keioskie, 15, ( front), along with Brylee Row­botham, 12, and Ge­or­gia Fog­a­rty, 13, have been se­lected in the state side to com­pete at the na­tional championships next week at Coffs Harbour.

HAT’S GREAT: Har­riet Con­nolly, 5, and Ivyann Read, 6. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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