Queensland beckons for Forbes
FOOTBALL: A Ballandean young gun is set to pull on a new shade of jersey as she represents her state next month.
Georgette Forbes will line up in maroon for the Queensland Under 15's school girls side at the nationals in Sydney.
The Ballandean Ladies player typically plays at centre back.
She said she was stunned to be picked, especially as she doesn't play National Premier League football.
"I was selected through the Darling Downs school sport process where you trial up through the regions,” Georgette said.
"Surprised would be an understatement.
"There were so many other skilled players there.”
She'll have two familiar faces alongside her, Zara Kruger and Maddie Teakle, who were also picked out of the Darling Downs side.
"They both truly deserve a place there too.”
Georgette thanked Ballandean Football Club and the community for their continued support.
"The Stanthorpe competition and especially the community I'd attribute this achievement to. Also, Ballandean Football Club, especially Neil Newman, Mark Spiller and Chris Wren, have supported me greatly through it all and the people of the local soccer community will always have my gratitude,” she said.
Rather than super star names or professional heroes, Georgette said she had been particularly inspired by some of her club team mates.
"Players from the Ballandean ladies side such as Sarah Day, Anika Spiller and Ellice Orreal, I watched them when I was younger and wished I could be as good as them.
"I play with Anika and Sarah now and Ellice has moved to the Gold Coast, but Sarah has helped me a lot with learning the game and Anika and Ellice are close friends that have supported me from the beginning and who I'll always appreciate and look up to.”
She might still be young, but she hasn't ruled out aiming to play professionally down the track.
"I think it's more of a play it by ear aspiration.
"It'd be incredible to play professionally but I've got other things to do if that doesn't work out,” she said.