Tahlia close to state selection
LEADING Grafton netball player Tahlia Goodwin has made it into the last 24 in the selection process for the NSW 17 and under team.
Goodwin, 15, a 181cm goal keeper and goal defence player, took part in phase two of the trials in Sydney recently, along with 54 other hopefuls.
In blistering heat the trialists were split into groups of defence players, mid-courters and shooters and put through a number of specialist drills. For the rest of the day they played 14 rounds of shortened games in front of the NSW selectors.
Goodwin was both thrilled and surprised to make it through to the next round of selection to be held at the Anne Clark Centre on January 17.
“When I first tried out I had a goal of making it through to the next round, so I had already achieved the goal I set myself,” she said.
“And last weekend I had a bit of a cold and I didn’t think I played as well as I could.”
Goodwin was not selected for the final game of the selection trial, which made her think she had missed the cut for the next round.
“Mum saw it (her name) on the Netball NSW website and called me at school,” she said.
“I just felt so excited when she told me. I didn’t ever think I was going to get in.”
Goodwin, a Year 9 student at the Clarence Valley Anglican School, is the only North Coast player remaining in the hunt for selection in the NSW 17 and under squad.