Amanda Obst has made the Queensland Origin Women's Touch Football team for the 30's age group.
Amanda Obst has made the Queensland Origin Women's Touch Football team for the 30's age group. Contributed

Chinchilla the Origin for touch footy talent

CHINCHILLA has been responsible for turning out three touch footy talents in the Queensland State of Origin Touch Footy squads.

Amanda Obst and Georgina Rackemann were both selected for women's touch teams, Amanda for the women's 30s squad and Georgina for the women's open squad, while Georgina's mum Brenda Rackemann was picked as the women's 30s manager.

The touch football players were selected after the National Touch Competition Coffs Harbour in March, followed by trials in Caboolture last month.

From an initial squad of 19 girls which was dwindled down to 13, Amanda was selected.

"It's a massive deal. It's very competitive and it's very tough," Amanda said.

"There were a couple of girls who had played in the Queensland State of Origin team state level and I definitely learned a lot off them as well."

"I thought I wouldn't have much of a chance. I did play pretty well at the trials and I was pretty ecstatic to get the call from the coach that I gotten in."

"I've played at state championships before but this will be my first time to represent Queensland."

Amanda said she had been playing touch for the past 20 years, since the age of 11, when she immediately obtained a love for the sport.

With the love and dedication to it enduring moving backwards and forwards between Chinchilla and Toowoomba, juggling her full-time job working in child services for the government and even having two young children of her own.

Upon receiving the call from the coach with the good news last Monday, Amanda said she called her nana. "My nan was the first person I called. She was pretty stoked," she laughed.


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