Young stars bound for Queens­land Reds glory

The Western Star - - Sports -

TO­MOR­ROW will be the big day, the nerves are pump­ing through their veins, as Chin­chilla’s Seraphina Dick­man and Chloe Ellem pre­pare for the big­gest games of their ca­reer.

Seraphina and Chloe have re­ceived the much an­tic­i­pated news that the duo will be step­ping up into the big leagues af­ter they were the both se­lected for the un­der-15 girls sev­ens Queens­land Reds Rugby Union side.

The girls have put them­selves in the record books as the Chin­chilla River Rats’ first ever Reds rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and coach Lind­say Ashby couldn’t be prouder.

“I’m prob­a­bly just as proud as their dad,” he said.

“The girls have worked so hard and it’s been a long sea­son so just to them reach their full po­ten­tial and play­ing so pos­i­tive, it is re­ally great to see. I wish them very good luck.”

Be­ing cho­sen in the top 24 from ini­tial squad of 40 girls, this is a mas­sive achieve­ment for the two young women.

De­scribed as hav­ing a nat­u­ral tal­ent, a de­sire to get bet­ter with ev­ery game and their hard work, the girls are over the moon to take the next step.

“The girls are pretty stoked,” Ashby said.

“They are pretty happy and very hum­ble and don’t speak too much about them­selves, but more about the team.

“They would say they only got to where there are to­day be­cause of the team and they just played re­ally well to­gether.”

Work­ing on con­fi­dence, good struc­ture and team plays, the pair feel like they are more ready than ever.

Chloe and Seraphina will pull on the Reds jersey for their first ever game with them on Satur­day , pplay­ing at the Sun­shine

Coast Sta­dium.

“They will be fine be­cause they are con­fi­dent,” Ashby said.

“Ob­vi­ously, there are some nerves there, but I think once the girls get the ball in their hand, they will just do what they have do. I’m just try­ing to help them un­der­stand to keep their feet on the ground and just play to their po­ten­tial and they will do well.”

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion they will be play­ing against other state teams inl­cud­ing New South Wales and Vic­to­ria with the hope of one day wear­ing the green and gold.

Pic­ture: Kate McCor­mack

SEE­ING RED: Chloe Ellem and Seraphina Dick­man are still in dis­be­lief with their se­lec­tion in the Reds side.

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