Sophie selected for All Stars team
SOPHIE THOMSON is a soccer player going places.
Good enough in goal to impress even those whose eyes see only the best.
Last week the Ballina High student was selected to the Australian under-15 All Stars team after an outstanding national championships at Coffs Harbour.
Under the eye of Australian women’s coach, Tom Sermanni, and assistant national technical director, Alistair Edwards, Thomson conceded just a single goal in a week of soccer.
Sermanni said that the All Stars team is intended to identify future national players and that Thomson was a calm, confident, mature player that looks like a future Matilda.
“The things that impressed us were her good positioning, confident handling, good distribution with hands and feet, and confidence to use her feet to play out from the back,” Sermanni said.
There isn’t much more you could ask of a goalie.
The thought of being the best in Australia for her age, gender and position thrills Thomson after a couple of years representing her region and State.
“This makes my dream of one day becoming a Matilda one step closer,” she said.
“I hope to also become a coach because I recognise how important it is to have people to help improve your skills and career.”
The talented youngster is thinking big – and why not?
Just five years ago she took up the sport with identical twin, Bridget, and with no regular goal-keeper the coach elected to rotate all players through the position.
But it quickly became apparent that Thomson was a natural shot-stopper and the void was filled.
Football FNC is now on the hunt for a sponsor for Thomson to help offset the costs of travelling to and from Sydney and Canberra where she will attend elite training sessions for the next few seasons.
If you or your business is able to help, contact FFNC general manager, Steve Mackney, on 66251444.