Striker lines up next goal, in­jured or not

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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