ISABELLA Davis is a very talented young girl.
The Year 6 student has a lot on her plate which includes being school captain at Grafton Public and playing soccer and futsal in her spare time.
Isabella has been selected in the under-12 North Coast team to compete in the state soccer titles at Coffs Harbour in June and says she can’t wait to take the field.
“I really enjoy my soccer. I like the feeling I get playing the game...it’s a lot of fun,” she says with a broad smile on her face.
The 11-year-old centre-midfield player says she took up the game after kicking the soccer ball around with her cousin.
“I used to hang around my cousin and the family who all play, and really enjoyed it so I kept playing,” she says.
Isabella plays for City Glory under-12s mixed side and has a hectic training schedule which includes honing her skills against the boys as part of the North Coast Junior Development squad.
Development squad coach Joe Grant says Isabella has no problems matching it with the boys.
“Isabella is right up there with the skill levels of the boys. She is very competitive and well-mannered,” Grant says. “She deserves to be in the North Coast Girl’s team. Isabella is also playing up a year and the selectors were very impressed with her skill level.”
The under-12 representative team has been training hard for the state championships which involves travel to Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga.
“They’re sick training sessions. We train on Wednesdays and Sundays at Coffs and Woolgoolga and I have a really good coach and manager,” Isabella says.
“My coach is Kim Barker who is from Bellingen and she is really nice and has helped me a lot.”
The game of futsal has taken-off in Grafton in recent years and Isabella uses the indoor game to improve her outdoor skills.
“I have been playing futsal for two years and I’m going to Brisbane to play in a mixed tournament. Futsal is fun and very fast which helps my soccer game,” she said.