ROCKINGHAM City’s Under 13 goalkeeper Miranda Templeman won her second successive Goalkeeper of the Championships award at the Westfield National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour.
Miranda received the award after her performance helped the WA U15 team finish second at the national championships.
She also won the award in 2016 when she played at the tournament for the first time, with only 12 months of goalkeeping experience under her belt.
Yet after turning heads with her display last year, the 14-year-old standout had concerns of her own, including the pressures of maintaining a high level of play.
“There were expectations for the tournament,” she said.
“But I felt relieved when they called my name out. My coaches and teammates helped me a lot.”
Miranda’s father, Nic, said his daughter’s passion and work ethic culminated from a routine she practiced every day.
“It’s always about football!” he said.
Nic is also grateful for the support that her goalkeeping coach, Dave Whalley, has given her over the last two years.
“What he’s been able to help her achieve is nothing short of extraordinary,” he said.
An injury scare two weeks before the tournament nearly crushed Miranda’s chances in competing at Coffs Harbour altogether.
“She dived to save the ball, and hit the goal post,” Nic said.
“She ended up opening her chin and we had to take her to hospital.
“They diagnosed her with a moderate concussion.”
After getting the clearance to play, Miranda had the chance to demonstrate her skills once again.
And so she did, earning high praise from U15 team assistant coach and Perth Glory player Natasha Rigby.
“Miranda is incredible,” Rigby said.
“I have never met someone her age, who is as determined as she is. She’s a great little player.”
Rigby said Miranda possessed talent beyond her years and showed flashes of potential greatness, which was surprising for a girl of her age.