Talented players step into sporting spotlight

East Fremantle Blues coach Anne-Marie Hall with Brianna Curran-Turner (12), Selina Warburton (15), Cassie Palmer (14), April Richards (12), Sophie Watson (12), Emma Graham (14), Maddy McQuade (12) and Siobhan Scotson (15). Picture: Martin Kennealey d404935
East Fremantle Blues coach Anne-Marie Hall with Brianna Curran-Turner (12), Selina Warburton (15), Cassie Palmer (14), April Richards (12), Sophie Watson (12), Emma Graham (14), Maddy McQuade (12) and Siobhan Scotson (15). Picture: Martin Kennealey d404935

The girls will be split between the two WA teams that will head to South Australia at the end of September to play the best teams from around the country. Coach Anne-Marie Hall said the girls often dealt with criticism from peers who knew nothing about the sport, but that this was a chance for them to shine.

‘When they are able to say they are in a state team, the respect for them from their peers instantly increases and they are able to give themselves and their sport some credibility. The pride of representing your state in a national tournament is great for the self esteem and confidence of any teenage girl,’ she said.

‘Events such as this give the players an experience of the bigger picture which is fantastic for their development in the sport and for future endeavours.’