Former Grafton girl to take on the world


GRAFTON-RAISED Kristy Frogley has achieved a long-held ambition by winning selection in the Australian women's rugby union squad, the Wallaroos, for the 2006 Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Canada.

The former Grafton High School student and Redmen women's rugby team player, has been selected as a flanker (breakaway) in the 26-member squad after a final four-day training camp at Narrabeen, Sydney.

"I'm ecstatic, this has been my ultimate dream, my goal for a number of years," Frogley, 27, said.

"To finally get there ... I'm over the moon."

Frogley first took up rugby in Year 12 after being talked into playing by a friend.

"Yeah, a friend of mine convinced me to have a go when I was about 17," she said.

"It was great and I loved it straight away. I played for Grafton High and the Redmen women's team before moving to Sydney in 1997."

Frogley played one season with the Campbelltown Harlequins in Sydney before moving to her current club, West Harbour.

She first represented NSW in 1998 and later that year received a surprise call up to the national team for a Test match against New Zealand.

Frogley has been a regular member of the Sydney team that contests the National Rugby Championships, this year finishing third behind Queensland and Victoria.

She plays in the 12-team Sydney Women's Rugby competition ? twice being named player of the year (2004/05) ? and works as a landscape gardener.

Frogley admitted she nearly gave the game away several years ago.

"I was going to pull the pin, my body was worn out," she said.

"But I stuck at it with this ultimate goal (World Cup) in mind and just hung in there.

"I started as a centre, but I've played all over the park except number nine (halfback).

"I prefer flanker. You might say I'm a semi-professional rugby player that doesn't get paid, but I wouldn't swap my rugby for anything. I love it.

"This (the World Cup) is a dream come true for me. I can't wait to get over there."

The Wallaroos are currently ranked sixth in international standings, but Frogley is tipping the team will perform above expectations at the World Cup.

"We're taking a young and very fit team, technically proficient and we're hoping to be the surprise packets of the tournament," she said.

"We don't play a lot of Test matches at home and this World Cup will be wonderful for women's rugby in Australia."

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