Our girls claim national award
TALITHA Doro and Tayla Blake have one sporting memory they will never forget, a Queensland Country victory against Queensland Metro to win a National Futsal Club Championship at Penrith in Sydney.
They were the only Darling Downs players in the Queensland Country under-14 team.
Country won eight of its 10 games at the nationals.
Both scored a best of four goals in a game at Penrith.
They play futsal and football although neither can name a favourite sport.
"I like both," Tayla said.
"You don't throw the ball in from the sideline in futsal, you kick it. The speed of the game is a lot faster in futsal.
"My goal is to play football for Australia."
Both have been selected in an Australian futsal team to tour the United Kingdom in April.
Talitha made the All Star team of five, chosen after the nationals in Penrith.
Each coach was asked to name five players from opposition teams as part of All Star selection.
She has the option of a second trip overseas this year as part of an Australian under-14 side.
The Penrith carnival wasn't their first in 2011.
Talitha represented South-west Queensland in the U15 school nationals in Brisbane in September while Tayla was part of the U14 side.
Talitha will play for South West Queensland in the under-16 grade in the Junior Premier League this year, which will involve games as far away as Ballina and Sunshine Coast.
"My ultimate aim is to play for the Matildas and in the W League," she said.
Tayla will play club football in the Warwick District Football Association junior competition at Queens Park each Saturday this season.