Local girls are ready for nationals

COFFS Harbour is the host city for this weekend's Girls National Youth Championships in 17 years and 15 years football and locals who attend matches will be following with interest four players in particular who are from our region.

Northern NSW Football is entering its own team separate to the other two teams from NSW (NSW and NSW Country) and four players from North Coast Football were named after a gruelling selection camp more than a fortnight ago.

Loren Caban is a 16-year-old student at CHEC and is the oldest of the quartet to be selected to play in the Nationals.

Caban lives at Boambee and plays in the NCF team in the 15 years boys competition.

She is the only North Coast Football player to be selected in the Northern NSW 17 years squad.

The North Coast trio selected in the 15 years team are Ashli Deane, Sarah Marsden and Georgia Burt.

Deane is a 15-year-old student at South Grafton High and plays for NCF in the 16/17 years boys competition who has proven her dedication by travelling from Nymboida for training and games each week.

The 14-year-old Marsden is a student at Coffs Harbour Christian Community School who breathes the fresh mountain air at home in Dorrigo.

Sarah also plays for the NCF squad in the local 16/17 years boys competition while Korora girl Burt is also a 14-year-old who attends Coffs Harbour High School.

Georgia plays in the 15 years boys competition for the NCF rep team.

Playing in the upcoming National Youth Championships is a huge opportunity for the girls as they're watched by some important people in FFA and is considered the main pathway to possible selection in the Olympic team and eventually the Matildas.

The opening ceremony for the championships will be held at 8.30am on Saturday at BCU International Stadium, where all of the games are being played, followed by the first matches at 9.45am which includes the Northern NSW 17 years girls taking on Tasmania.

The Girls National Youth Championships conclude with Finals matches on Saturday, July 12, which is a holiday for all juniors in North Coast Football.

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