From little oaks
SHE achieved her sporting dream and scored a last-minute grand final winner - now sharp-shooting Cara Brice is aiming for more soccer success.
The 13-year-old is in the Far North Coast Grade 14 squad preparing for the Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) State girls championship at Coffs Harbour starting today.
It has been a memorable few days for striker Cara, who scored two goals - including a late winner -for her Italo Stars side in the FNC Grade 14 girls grand final against Dunoon at Oakes Oval, Lismore, last week.
The Richmond River High School student was overjoyed to play on the ground, with the goals and Stars' victory the icing on the cake.
"I always wanted to play at Oakes Oval," she said.
"It's near our house and when we would drive past,I would say 'I want to play there'.
"When we won I started crying. I don't know why -I couldn't help it.
"I was just so happy that we had won."
Cara took up football about seven years ago and joined Stars about three years ago.
She was invited to trials by Football FNC coach Victor Stokes and earned her place in the rep squad after impressing with her skills.
The Year 8 student is among talented young players from the region heading to the tournament.
FNC is sending Grade 12 and Grade 14 squads.
Cara, who scored more than 20 goals for her side this season, said she enjoyed playing up front.
"I like scoring goals and you get the ball a lot," she said.
"I think there will be tough teams (at Coffs) but I think we will go pretty well.
"I am a bit nervous but excited to see how we will go."
Dad Dillon only got into the sport to assist Cara, but now coaches her team and is planning to acquire more coaching badges.
"As Cara got more interested in football, so did I," Mr Brice said.
"It is rewarding seeing the girls develop their friendships and team spirit.
"It is good to see all the girls doing well and I am proud of Cara."