Striker lines up next goal, injured or not
Emma Rolston is not going to let a dislocated shoulder curb her dreams of representing her country at a world cup.
The 15-year-old Porirua footballer is an outstanding striker. She was part of the New Zealand under-17 side that beat Argentina twice in Buenos Aires in February, getting on the scoresheet in the second game as they won 2-0.
These victories followed on from a series win over their Australian counterparts in October and are good momentum going into the Oceania qualifiers for the Under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan later this year.
‘‘ Playing in Argentina was fun, we’re all really close, like a family. Our coach wanted us to focus on playing well as a team, rather than worrying about the score too much, so that’s what we’ll be doing [this month].’’
In Auckland from April 9-13 they must overcome the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia to book their tickets to the big show.
Rolston, who plays for Karori in the women’s competition, is not overconfident of retaining her starting spot, knowing she has to prepare well. A camp this week will see selectors settle on a squad.
Her training has been upset by a nasty fall off a skateboard three weeks ago, resulting in a dislocated left shoulder.
‘‘I’m pretty sure it’s not going to stop me [playing], it’s healing well and I’ll be at the camp.’’
Rolston doesn’t know where the footballing gene came from with two of her three brothers – one of Aotea College footballer Emma Rolston has a busy winter ahead and has high hopes New Zealand wins their qualifiers and earn their place in Azerbaijan in September. whom is her twin – favouring cricket and hockey. She says her family have been very supportive as she chases more glory in the black jersey.
The Aotea College student hopes football will take her places – hopefully playing for the Football Ferns and winning a scholarship to a US university.