KEEN FOR MORE
IT was fitting that it took Georgia Keen and her Australian Under-19 Schoolgirls soccer team more than a week to win their first game on an overseas tour of Brazil and Argentina.
The Alstonville striker helped lead the team to an impressive 8-0 win over Argentine club Boca Juniors on Australia Day.
Keen, 16, has just returned from the two-week tour that included seven games.
The team finished well, with three wins and a draw.
"It was a thrill to be in the Australian shirt and to sing the national anthem," Keen said.
"It took us a while to gel and we really dug in at the end when we knew it was the last time that some of us would play together."
Keen scored five goals on the tour and was happy with how she played.
She crammed in plenty of sightseeing and watched a professional game in Brazil.
"We didn't get home from some games until midnight and we were always on the go sightseeing," she said.
"It was an amazing experience and a real eye-opener to see how they live in those countries.
"They live and breathe the game over there and they say we only just play it.
"I met some great people and would love to be part of something like that again."
Keen is in Year 11 at Trinity Catholic College, Lismore, and will have the chance to play in the Australian Schoolgirls side for another two years.
She plays her club soccer with the Alstonville premier women's team in the Far North Coast competition.
The next tour is likely to be to Asia or Europe.