Talitha Doro will play for the Queensland 14 years football team in the nationals at Coffs Harbour.
Talitha Doro will play for the Queensland 14 years football team in the nationals at Coffs Harbour. Gerard Walsh

Matildas, here I come

TALITHA Doro knows where she wants to go in sport – eventual selection in the Australian Matildas football team.

In year 5 at Wheatvale State School, Doro told her mother she wanted to play for the Matildas.

She first played football in the under 6 age group so it only took her five years to determine her ultimate sporting ambition.

Doro has taken her first step towards the big time, selection in the Queensland 14 years team to contest the nationals from July 11 in Coffs Harbour.

A Warwick State High School student, Doro didn’t expect to make a state team this season.

One of four players from South West nominated to attend state trials at Cleveland, Doro ended up as the only one selected to wear Maroon.

She plays left midfield.

If commitment by player and family is anything to go by, she is doing her best to fulfil a sporting ambition.

She plays for the South West under 14 side each weekend somewhere in South East Queensland and often backs up in the U16 side.

Each week she travels to Toowoomba for U14 training and Cleveland on Friday nights for state training.

She also travel to Toowoomba for Darling Downs secondary school 15 years team training.

“Coach Peter Law has had a major influence on my career, he took our club team in Warwick for a couple of seasons,” Doro said.

“He taught me to be more aggressive but I still need to be a bit more aggressive on the field.”

After the nationals at Coffs Harbour, Doro can focus on the state secondary schoolgirls championships in Cairns on July 27-31.

If she does make the Matildas one day, Doro will have one word of thanks for Warwick District Football Association president Jon Pearson who encouraged her to try for South West selection this season.

The association celebrates its 25th birthday today with junior games from 9am at Queens Park, a celebrity game at 1pm and a reunion dinner at Frankies on the Green, at Warwick Golf Club, tonight.



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