Making her mark

first_imgLike all touch football players, Victorian Taylor Mason wants to play at the highest level.But in a sport where their national team is made up of mostly players from New South Wales and Queensland, it’s difficult for players from other states and territories to be selected.Well, times are changing.At the Trans-Tasman Touch Series in Mudgee in April, Leah Percy became the first player from Victoria to play for an Open’s at the national level.Mason was part of the contingent of 20 people who made the trip from the southern state to the wine capital of NSW’s Central West to cheer Percy on.And it was an experience Mason won’t forget.“Seeing Australia play New Zealand was amazing and to play a few games up there was cool,” she said.Those games Mason was referring to were the three trial matches against Mudgee’s mixed opens team – the Mudcrabs – who were preparing for the Country Championships.Watching Percy wear the green and gold has inspired this 16-year-old to dream big.“I want to try and make the Australian team but right now I want to make the Alliance for Elite 8s next year,” Mason said.Although one of the youngest in the Victorian girls team contesting this week’s X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) at Port Macquarie, Mason is one of the most experience.“I got ask to try out for state about four years ago and it just went on from there.“I played opens for Victoria; we went away in March to the NTLs [National Touch League] and had a really good tournament.”Victoria finished third in the women’s opens – their best ever result at the national championships.Mason said her Victorian teammates are hoping to cause a few headaches for the stronger teams from NSW and Queensland at this week’s NYC.“We will go all right. Hopefully get a few wins under our belt.“It’s more about developing and the experience in this tournament,” Mason said.For more information on the NYC, check out these websites:NYC – Football Australia – LinksMaking her marklast_img

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