Kick it to me

By Andrew Johnston

THE representative football accolades of the twin towns continue to grow.

But this time our locals will be pulling on the Sky Blue, not the Big V.

Moama Anglican Grammar students Olivia Taranto (14) and Sam Edgar (14) have been selected in the NSW 15 years and under football girls and boys sides for the upcoming national carnival in Tasmania.

The students were selected after impressing in the NSW Country Independent School side.

‘‘It’s been a fantastic opportunity,’’ Taranto said. ‘‘Competing against some of the best players our age in the state is wonderful, but to be selected as one of 22 players who get to represent NSW from such an incredible group of talent is something I am really proud of.’’

Edgar said the process to earn a spot in the side had been challenging.

‘‘There were nine teams involved, with the majority of those being from around Sydney, so you had 200 or so kids who were all competing against each other to play their best football, but also with the opportunity to play for a position in the state side if we were good enough.

‘‘We played about five games and while we only won two, it was incredible to even go to the event.

‘‘So to come away from it with a chance to represent NSW is something that means a lot to me.’’

For Taranto, it’s the highlight so far of a growing football career.

‘‘I’ve always had a love for our game and took up playing three years ago,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve been lucky to get opportunities in my time playing, so when the chance was given to me to represent the state I jumped at it.’’

Edgar sees the selection of both himself and Taranto as a huge moment for Grammar.

‘‘When I first arrived at the school there wasn’t a lot of involvement in sport on this level,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve seen a lot of changes in how we get involved, there is now far more opportunity for us to play and to take sport as far as we can, so for two of us to end up in state teams as a result is something which is really good for our school.’’

The two players will travel to Tasmania for the carnival between July 27 and August 3.

‘‘I’m so excited just to play against other states,’’ Taranto said. ‘To get to make the journey down to Tassie and get to represent my state, it really is a very special opportunity.’’