RISING STARS: Rugby league players Brock Parker, Reagan Scheuermann, Reeyce Sadler and Xander Pilon and (inset) football star Jana Rothacker.
RISING STARS: Rugby league players Brock Parker, Reagan Scheuermann, Reeyce Sadler and Xander Pilon and (inset) football star Jana Rothacker. TREVOR VEALE

Cream of crop rises to top

THE NEXT generation of sporting greats to come from the Northern Beaches are making themselves known.

There were big celebrations in a number of households across the region this week as state selectors in football and rugby league made calls to seven different houses.

Woolgoolga Football Club's Tanisha Wallace and Jana Rothacker, both 11, have proven they're ones to watch on the football scene after being selected for the North Coast Football Invitational team and North Coast Girls Football team respectively.

This means they'll be competing against the best girls in the state and showing their skills off for national selectors, Tanisha in the Northern NSW Football State Championships and Jana in the NSW PSSA Championships.

"I did not expect to be picked at all," Tanisha said.

"I got home from dancing and mum said I had a message from the North Coast co-ordinator saying I'd been invited to play - I was so overwhelmed I just couldn't comprehend it."

Their club team-mate Mia Windred was also selected as a reserve for the North Coast Girls Football team.

Meanwhile, up-and-coming league stars from the Woolgoolga Junior Rugby League Club's under-11s team - who are currently leading the local competition - are making waves on the state league circuit.

Reagan Scheuermann, Xander Pilon and Brock Parker were named in the under-11 North Coast team to play in the NSW PSSA Rugby League Championships.

Reeyce Sadler was chosen in the Open North Coast team to compete at the same competition.

"The boys are all so excited," Reagan's mum Cathy Scott said. "To be picked in a team of 17 from 68 kids is just fantastic."

The boys will travel to Sydney on June 4.



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