Web­ster made to sweat for World Cup win

Gatton Star - - SPORT -

TOUCH FOOT­BALL: Play­ing in con­di­tions of 34 de­grees and 100 per cent hu­mid­ity cer­tainly made her sweat but Zoe Web­ster now proudly wears a World Cup gold medal around her neck.

Rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at the FIT Youth World Cup in Malaysia, Web­ster scored eight tries on the way to knock­ing off old ri­val New Zealand 11-3 in the fi­nal.

She made her in­ter­na­tional de­but at the tour­na­ment and said it was an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The 17-year-old played 12 games over four days in ex­tremely hu­mid con­di­tions, which had team­mates head to hospi­tal on drips, be­cause they were suf­fer­ing from heat stroke.

“It’s a dream come true. I never thought I would have that ti­tle,” Web­ster said.

“I felt re­ally con­fi­dent out there and I was able to score a try against the Ki­wis, so that was nice.

“The main thing I found dif­fer­ent about this car­ni­val is we were treated as elite ath­letes. The re­cov­ery and the warm-ups were just as im­por­tant as the game.”

The With­cott teenager plays touch for the South West Swans, Fairholme Col­lege and Bris­bane club South­ern Storm.

She is to pull on the jer­sey for Queens­land in the U18 Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

DREAM: With­cott teenager Zoe Web­ster won gold with Aus­tralia at the FIT Youth World Cup in Malaysia.

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