NSW squads beckon for six young stars

Rep honours: Sutherland's Anja Cherry (front left) Gabrielle Peak, Demi Koulizakis (from back left), Hannah Bacon, Carla Trimboli and Georgia Plessas have been picked in NSW football teams. Picture: Chris Lane
Rep honours: Sutherland's Anja Cherry (front left) Gabrielle Peak, Demi Koulizakis (from back left), Hannah Bacon, Carla Trimboli and Georgia Plessas have been picked in NSW football teams. Picture: Chris Lane

FOLLOWING a successful football season, six of Sutherland Sharks' most promising football players were picked for NSW teams.

Gabrielle Peak, Hannah Bacon, Demi Koulizakis, Georgia Plessas, Carla Trimboli and Anja Cherry were selected in respective NSW under-13, 14 and 15 teams.

Sutherland Sharks women's reserve grade coach James O'Brien said it was a testament to the hard work the players had put in.

"I would not be surprised if you saw them playing in the W-League," O'Brien said.

"There are a few characteristics we look to identify, including their personal drive and their passion for the game.

"They train three to six times per week and their commitment to the game is outstanding. They don't just train at the park, it's what they do at home that helps too.

"With their drive and passion they really are starting to excel."

Despite being eligible for the under-16s, Anja Cherry made the jump to the reserve grade team, while Georgia Plessas, 14, has spent time training with the Australian under-17 team.

Plessas, Gabrielle Peak and Demi Koulizakis were selected as all-star players at the national championships earlier this year.

"It's a little bit more difficult for the women because they don't play in year-to-year age groups," O'Brien.

"There are under-12, 14 and 16 teams so some of them were just turning 15 and playing against girls who were second year 16-year-olds.

"We've been trying to speak to Football NSW about making it a yearly gap because we have so many players coming through the area."

O'Brien said Carla Trimboli had the dynamic footwork while Hannah Bacon is one of the five girls that are part of Football NSW's elite skills acquisition program.

"Realistically, they should only play one year in the under-16s and then easily progress to reserve grade at least," O'Brien said.

"Hopefully, someone from the W-League can identity them early and there are a few opportunities for them overseas in terms of scholarships but the identification is very difficult.

"They'll definitely have a place in our reserves or first grade."

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