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Touched by chance to play in nationals

FAST FEET: Mitchell DeRossi played at the recent National Youth Championships.
FAST FEET: Mitchell DeRossi played at the recent National Youth Championships. Contributed

THREE Caboolture touch football players are hoping for national selection after they represented Queensland at the recent National Youth Championships.

Sophie Lewis, Katee Maller and Mitchell DeRossi all competed for the Queensland Secondary Schools Touch teams at the championships at Kawana.

Regional administrator for Sunshine Coast Touch Nattalie DeRossi said the players had beaten teams from all over the country to collect some great wins.

"There's 48 teams and the championship runs over four days so it's pretty huge," she said.

"The girls drew a game in the rounds and so did the boys but then they both made the final.

"The girls beat the Brisbane City Cobras to win the girls and the boys beat the Central Queensland Bulls to win.

"Both knocked out New South Wales in the quarter finals, which is a rarity."

Ms DeRossi said the Caboolture players had learnt a lot.

"There was a high standard of touch, which was very good development for the younger players," she said.

"It's a great experience to see what it's like at a national tournament."

She said the trio was now waiting to find out if they had made the cut for the national team.

"These players, along with all the other players, will now be in with a chance to be identified in the Australian sides to play in the Trans Tasman competition against New Zealand in March 2017," she said. "It's Mitchell's last year at the event as he's now 18 but the two girls still have another shot next year if they miss out."

Ms DeRossi expected the players would find out in the next six to eight weeks.


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