Patrick Gorbunovs

Keen as mustard

EXPECT Georgia Keen to make the most of it when she represents the Under-19 Australian Schoolgirls team in Argentina and Brazil next year.

The 16-year-old Trinity Catholic College student (pictured), from Lismore, had to do it the hard way after initially missing out on selection for NSW All Schools earlier this year.

Keen plays striker and was named as a shadow player after representing NSW Combined Catholic Colleges at Sydney in June.

She received a late call-up after someone pulled out and impressed enough to warrant Australian selection at the national championships at Townsville in August.

"It was definitely a surprise, I wasn't expecting it at all," Keen said.

"It was a lot of hard work and if you put the effort in you can get the opportunities that the city girls get.

"There's a couple of Matildas that have played in this team, so I suppose it's a way of getting there."

The team will play eight games in two weeks against club sides from Argentina and Brazil.

She is the second youngest player in the team and one of a few that doesn't attend a boarding school.

Keen has been busy fundraising to meet the $7000 that the January trip will cost.

She wants to return to Lismore and finish her final two years of high school at Trinity before exploring professional sporting opportunities.

"I just want to take it as it comes for the next couple of years," Keen said.

"I've been playing for 11 years and as soon as I started playing rep I knew I wanted to keep going.

"Every time you make a team you get playing experience at higher levels which is always better than training.

"I've been doing a bit more fitness training to get ready."

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