Footballers dazzle Thunder selectors
She may be just 12 years old, but Melanie Reedy is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to football.
The Stanthorpe State Primary School student, who previously played for Stanthorpe's City Football Club, has secured a revered position in the Toowoomba Thunder's Under-13s girls' team for this season.
Proud father Chris said it was the first time she had been able to try out.
"We're rapt with it because to move forward... it takes them to that next level,” he said.
"If they want to go forward in their soccer they need to keep moving up the ladder.”
Reedy said his daughter was "committed and excited” about the sport.
"She's definitely passionate,” he said.
He said a passion for football ran in the family.
Melanie's brother Jack, 10, had been in the Toowoomba Thunder SAP program and currently plays with a Warwick-based squad.
Melanie - the youngest player in her Thunder team - said while her first weeks with the club had proved nerve-wracking, she was thrilled with the opportunity to play for the region.
"I was a bit nervous and scared because I didn't know anyone,” Melanie said.
Melanie didn't attend the official try-outs for the Thunder, but a representative had spied her skills and she was approached to give it a shot.
So far, she's been enjoying the experience and loves her new team.
"They're very friendly, energetic and fun,” she said.
While it's been a challenge, Melanie said she'd enjoyed playing more games.
Players attend several training sessions in Toowoomba each week.
Melanie wasn't the only Granite Belt footballer to be selected for the Thunder.
Other local players to make the cut include Asbjorn Gaskell - now in his second year with Thunder - Georgia Favero, Hannah Evans, Daniella Pozzebon and Josh Rogers, who is in his third year with the team.
It's understood a number of locals were also selected as shadow players.