Smith Excited For Elite Eight Series At Home

first_imgFor the 17-year-old, who lives in Port Macquarie, the opportunity to play in the inaugural Elite Eight series in her home city for the New South Wales Country Mavericks is a very exciting prospect.  “It will be a great opportunity to play at home in front of the home crowd and hopefully they get behind me. It will just be a great experience at home with the Elite Eight,” Smith said. “It’s pretty exciting and it’s a big honour to play with some of the players around me. It’s going to be a great experience over the week and I’m really looking forward to it.”Smith is the youngest player in the Mavericks line-up and the opportunity to play with a number of Australian Women’ Open representatives from other country areas is something she is very grateful for. “There are a fair few Aussie players in there (the team) and some that are vying for (World Cup) selection. Players like Nicole Beck and Ash Dobbins, they are pretty good players and watching them perform at training has been pretty exciting. Growing up I’ve been watching them and it’s going to be a really good experience to play beside them because they are really top athletes and know the game really well so it should be a good experience.”Smith recently represented the Australian 18’s Girls team that defeated New Zealand 3-0 at the Youth Trans Tasman series in Canberra in January. She says that it was a great experience, and says her game has definitely benefitted after playing against the Kiwis.“It was probably the best experience I’ve ever had playing Touch Football. I worked pretty hard to try and get into the team. I didn’t think I’d make it after I broke my finger last year but the coach gave me saying I got in and it was just unreal and it was an experience that I’ll never forget. Winning it with the girls was pretty outstanding and I could do it again!”“There was a lot of people there supporting me and players like Louise Winchester, who I really look up to was on the sideline giving us pointers. I think that really helped our team a lot. The coach and assistant coach were really good support, just everyone in general did a really good job.”The Mavericks have been touted as one of the favourites to take out the Women’s Elite Eight title due to their impressive line-up on paper, but Smith and her side are taking it in their stride. “Everyone is saying that we are the team to watch out for but it’s the Elite Eight and it’s a tournament where everyone is going to be good all over the park. It’s going to be hard whoever we come up against, it’s just going to come down to who is the best on the day I guess.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information throughout the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, from websites to social media, by clicking on the following links:NTL website – www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comTFA website – – Twitter – – read more

2014 Queensland All Schools results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the six divisions at the 2014 Queensland All Schools event. Open MixedAlfriston (NZ) defeated Chancellor CollegeOpen BoysKeebra Park defeated Ignatius ParkOpen GirlsEmmaus (Rockhampton) defeated Brisbane State HighJunior MixedRockhampton Grammar defeated Sheldon CollegeJunior BoysKeebra Park defeated Cavendish RoadJunior GirlsSt Columbans defeated Cavendish RoadRelated LinksQLD All Schoolslast_img