Poppy stands tall with state selec­tion

Comment News (Armadale) - - Sport -

AF­TER years of play­ing with the boys, Poppy Stock­well is ex­cited she will get the chance to play for WA as part of an all­girls foot­ball team.

The Year 9 Ro­ley­stone Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent was one of 24 fe­male foot­ballers se­lected to the WA U15 squad for a na­tional car­ni­val in Ade­laide next month.

It will be the sec­ond time Poppy has pulled on the black and gold af­ter she also rep­re­sented WA in 2017.

A mem­ber of the Ro­ley­stone Tigers for the last seven years, Poppy said play­ing in boys teams for six of those years had helped her de­velop her skills on the field.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be in the WA team again and to get the op­por­tu­nity to play with my team­mates from last year,” she said.

“I think we will do well, as our team­work on the field has re­ally im­proved.

“Some of us have ex­pe­ri­ence from last year, so hope­fully that will help us per­form at a high level too.

“I would love to make it to the AFLW one day and play for a West Aus­tralian team.”

While not in the trav­el­ling team, By­ford Sec­ondary Col­lege’s Tay­lah Crut­ten­den, John Wol­las­ton Angli­can Com­mu­nity School’s El­iza Mitchell, Kelm­scott Se­nior High School’s Kloe Tay­lor, Ce­cil Andrews Col­lege’s Sarah and Sophie Win­mar and John Calvin Chris­tian Col­lege’s Ains­ley Fokkema have been se­lected to the de­vel­op­ment squad as in­jury re­place­ments if needed.

Hunt­ing­dale Pri­mary School’s Cooper Moore was also se­lected to WA’s Boys U12 foot­ball team trav­el­ling to Can­berra in Au­gust.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d483258

Poppy Stock­well is a mem­ber of the WA U15 team.

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