Soccer: Munster teen sets target on playing for Australia


Isabella Wallhead has already captained her state.
Isabella Wallhead has already captained her state.

SHE is just 14 but Munster’s Isabella Wallhead already knows what it’s like to captain her state to victory.

And she’s aiming even higher, with plans to take her fast-feet talents right up to Australia’s national soccer team, the Matildas.

Starting soccer at Cockburn City at age five, Isabella played in boys teams until the end of 2014, something she said she had loved.

“They were very fast and very physical and I always had to be at my best when training and playing with them,” she said.

“That helped me to be a confident player.”

At the end of 2014 she made both Cockburn City’s U12 NPL team and Football West’s U13 Girl’s National Training Centre squad, eventually choosing to continue with the latter.

She made the U13s state team and U12s School Sports WA team in 2015 and the U15s state team competing at the National Youth Championships in both 2016 and 2017.

Isabella is already being watched by Football Federation Australia officials.

“I have represented WA four times, three at the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour and in Adelaide for School Sports WA Pacific Games when I was captain, but I’d love to play for Perth Glory in the W League and represent Australia as a Matlida one day,” she said.

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