14-year-old Keely Hooper from Gladstone has been selected to play in the Queensland U15 side.
14-year-old Keely Hooper from Gladstone has been selected to play in the Queensland U15 side. Matt Taylor

She's head over 'keels' about state selection

SOCCER: Emerging Central junior Keely Hooper left the Queensland under-15 girls' selection trial in Brisbane not knowing what to expect.

That's because in her mind the team finished bottom of the ladder and therefore Queensland selection stood little chance.

How wrong she was, as the talented striker will represent Queensland for the second time in as many years.

The Queensland youth team will compete in the 2018 Australian Tri State Football Championship that starts in Brisbane and ends in Sydney.

Keely said it was a shock when the great news came through after the trials in Brisbane earlier in the year.

"We had a closing ceremony at the end of the day and they announced the state team and then the shadow team," she said

"I was pretty surprised considering that most Cap players don't really have a great chance of getting selected in the Queensland team.

"That's especially considering also that we were playing in a wooden spoon game and I wasn't very confident I was going to make the side."

Keely's team will play against Brisbane Roar Youth on Monday night after a day of two training sessions.

The team then will back up on the following day to play Western Pride.

14-year-old Keely Hooper from Gladstone has been selected to play in the Queensland U15 side.
14-year-old Keely Hooper from Gladstone has been selected to play in the Queensland U15 side. Matt Taylor

A trip to the Harbour City earlier in the year will have Keely well prepared for the big smoke after she saw how teams from the Harbour City train.

"We went to Sydney and we got to play teams that train to become like the young Matildas for the Australian team," she said. "I'll definitely be training - fitness mostly - and try and keep those levels up."

The team will fly out to Sydney on Wednesday and the day will include a game against Westfield Sports High School.

AT A GLANCE

July 23: v Brisbane Roar Youth in Brisbane

July 24: v Western Pride

July 25: Arrive in Sydney - v Westfield Sports High School

July 26: v Bossley Park High School

July 27: v NSW U19

July 28: Arrive in Brisbane/Gladstone



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