YOUNG STARS: Alison Hernandez (left) and Kaylah Brackin have been selected to play for the Darling Downs.
YOUNG STARS: Alison Hernandez (left) and Kaylah Brackin have been selected to play for the Darling Downs. Ewan Leighton

Stars chase state football spot

ALISON Hernandez and Kaylah Brackin have been selected alongside some of the Darling Downs' finest female footballers to contest the 2012 under-15 State Football Championships at Hervey Bay in July.

The secondary school-based competition will see the Darling Downs girls go head to head with eight other Queensland teams for the title of state champions.

A place in the state squad is also up for grabs and the girls are confident they can make the most of the opportunity.

"I've been into the Darling Downs team before. This is my third time," Kaylah said.

"We'll try our hardest to get into the Queensland team."

Alison, a St Joseph's student and Stanthorpe United player, will take part in her first trip to the State Championships.

She said she was ready to face up against some of the state's best.

"Basically we know all the (Darling Downs) team because we've played with them before," Alison said.

"They've got a pretty good team this year.

"I reckon if we train hard we can make it (to the state team)."

Far North Queensland, Brisbane Metro East and West, Capricornia, Wide Bay, South West Qld, South Coast and the Sunshine Coast have all selected teams for the tournament.

The Darling Downs will play several games during its three day stay and the girls are weary of the competition.

"Capricornia, they're like gun, and Wide Bay too," Kaylah said.

But with their skills and little bit of luck, both girls are sure to go far.

Kaylah is known for her speed and scoring prowess, while Alison's technical ability is second to none.

Whatever the result, the Stanthorpe representatives are sure to make the Darling Downs and Granite Belt proud.

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