For the first time in a number of years, the STFA had six kids named in NSW Southern Branch representative teams recently.
Liberty Cramp, Kilke Leton, Breea Waters, Oliver Corbally-Stourton, Bailey Marshall, and Lilly Skelly were the lucky bunch who found their names on the team lists for the State Championships, set to take place in October.
STFA president Craig Norris said that the selections were an enormous achievement for the association.
"We would be harking back probably four or five years since even one or two players got picked," Norris said.
"We're pretty quietly chuffed about it. A lot of the coaches and a lot of hard work's gone in over the year.s these kids have been developed since they were five or six, and to see the smile on [the kids'] face is even better."
The selections were spread across a range of clubs, with two players from Stags selected (Corbally-Stourton and Marshall), three from MBK (Cramp, Leton, and Waters), and one from Crookwell (Skelly).
Norris said that the kids have all learned to cooperate and put club loyalties aside when they represent the STFA.
"All the clubs work together," he said.
"The rep program that the STFA is trying to get into place has worked pretty well. They put club loyalties aside when they play together."
The players currently train two nights a week in Nowra, where the Southern Branch coaches are based.
Official selection trials were held for the teams, but Norris said that the STFA players made good impressions during the Branch Championships held in Goulburn last April.
"During the branch championships, the [Southern Branch] coaches watched them," Norris said.
"A couple of kids were tapped on the shoulder and 'told this is when the tryouts are on, see you there'.
"Some were invited, some took it upon themselves to go down and have a crack."
The selections will also give hope to the other STFA players aiming at representative berths, Norris said.
"It shows that there's a clear pathway and the opportunities will open up if they work hard," he said.
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