SEVERAL of the region’s junior footballers are preparing for a major challenge and adventure when they take on the best under 17 footballers from New Zealand and Fiji.
Nanjing Night Net

Southern Branch players have been included in the boys’ and girls’ Australian under 16 teams that will fly out to Fiji on December 8.

There is a particularly strong local presence in the girls’ side, as NSW players make up nine members of the 16-player squad, with five of those players coming from Southern Branch.

Kate Sinclair, Maddy Cornell, Tallara Shaw, Courtney Riordan and Chloe Vincent are all included in the squad that will not only play, but also help coach some of Fiji’s junior national teams.

In addition, Southern Branch coach Jen Todd from Ulladulla has been appointed coach of the girls’ national side.

Head coach and tour organiser, Bruce Tilt from Ultimate Sports Travel, said he looked mainly at country girls for the trip, because they would be better able to relate to the remoteness and travelling restrictions applying to many of the Fijian players.

Mixing and matching girls from different rural areas also forcing the girls to build cohesion between team members, and create different characters, he said.

Mr Tilt said the girls were all excited to have the opportunity to play against national sides and test their abilities at an international level.

In the boys’ competition Australia will be represented by teams from NSW and Victoria, with Nowra’s Casey Kulcsar selected for the NSW side.

Mr Tilt said he had been impressed by Kulcsar’s form and abilities.

“He has good composure and good balance when he has the ball,” Mr Tilt said.

“He’s always a threat going forward and has plenty of determination, along with a good head on his shoulders.”

SEVERAL of the region’s junior footballers are preparing for a major challenge and adventure when they take on the best under 17 footballers from New Zealand and Fiji.

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