MAKING THE TEAM: Eight Chinchilla footballers have returned home from last week's Football Queensland Cup in Cairns. Front row: Nikita Wilson, second row: Ayva Clark, Jessey Holley from Warrick, Jorja Keating, Macy Gaze, back row: Gabby Hicks, Rhys Hammermeister, Adam Francis and Aiden Cox.
MAKING THE TEAM: Eight Chinchilla footballers have returned home from last week's Football Queensland Cup in Cairns. Front row: Nikita Wilson, second row: Ayva Clark, Jessey Holley from Warrick, Jorja Keating, Macy Gaze, back row: Gabby Hicks, Rhys Hammermeister, Adam Francis and Aiden Cox. Kate McCormack

Chinchilla girls impress at Football Qld Community Cup

YOUNG footballer Ayva Clark is usually never short of something to say but the 12-year-old was left speechless after hearing some fantastic news from her dad last week.

Both Clark and Nikita Wilson from Chinchilla have been selected to try out for the South West Thunder National Premier League Women's team after the pair put on a determined performance at the Football Queensland (FQ) Community Cup which finished up on Saturday in Cairns.

The girls always knew it was going to be a stiff competitive facing some very good sides, but with their determination Under 16 South West Coach, Tim Taylor said Clark and Wilson were able to stand out.

"They lead by example to try and make sure that their team is competitive.” Taylor said.

Showcasing their skills to play at the highest level and having the ability to work hard, coach Taylor is confident the girls are good enough to take that next step and will excel at try outs.

Nikita is only in her second season of football but has proven she is a cut above the rest, earning herself a place at trials before arriving in Cairns.

"I've already spoken to a few people about trialling before she came up here but I think she has just now opened people's eyes to the fact we weren't just saying she was good, we meant that she was,” Taylor said.

Her knowledge about angles, the fact that she knows what to do in certain situations and her ability to control the team are all factors Nikita believes has led her to be selected.

Despite being nervous about the news, the 12-year-old year is feeling pretty good about it.

"The fact they people have noticed and asked me to trail, that's very good and I very happy with that” Nikita said.

"I'd like to say I'm pretty good at what I do.”

For 12-year-old Avya, it was her determination to strive in every aspect of life that has set her apart.

"I've known since I saw Avya play for the first that she was going to be something special and she already trains with our ladies' team at 12-years-old,” coach Taylor said.

Passing down his knowledge from when he used to play at Queensland level, Ayva's dad said he has to take some of credit.

With trails looming at the end of the year, it's a bit overwhelming for the 12-year-old but she is also filled with excitement.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of the Thunder team and try out for the team to say that I did it,” Ayva said.

After taking an impressive eight Chinchilla players up to the community cup this year, Taylor is hoping the success of these two girls will inspire the next round of regional football players.

"When they come back to Chinchilla the other kids see what they have achieved by coming to these events, hopefully next year that inspires more people to trail and we get more people in,” Taylor said.

"Last year had three players selected and this year's it's eight so hopefully next year it's more because they are certainly good enough.” 


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