Jessica makes national touch team
THE sporting life of Jessica Carey changed forever at a recent dinner in Coffs Harbour when her name was read out in the Australian under-20 touch rugby team to play New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Series at the Gold Coast in October.
Carey is one of five players from Warwick touch in Australian teams.
Not only is she in the Australian team for the first time, she made it after playing in her first nationals with Queensland.
Carey said she was stoked to be selected.
“I didn’t expect to make it the first time,” she said.
“I still have another year in the under-20 age group and will aim to play state touch rugby again.
“One day, I would like to play for Queensland at open level.”
Carey said she loved being at the nationals as it was the chance to meet new people.
The Queensland U20 mixed team was coached by Wayne Trim, of Warwick, and won the State of Origin series 2-1 against New South Wales in Coffs Harbour.
Queensland started with a 3-2 win against New South Wales on the Friday night, lost 8-7 on Saturday morning before the Maroons clinched the series with an 8-5 win in the decider to secure the winners’ medallions.
The news was not so good for Queensland across the board with New South Wales winning the trophy for most overall wins in all age groups.
“We trained every Sunday since March and the extra fitness paid off,” Carey said.
“Wayne (coach) gave us a lot of hard training. If anyone dropped a ball at training, the whole team had to do 20 push-ups or 20 sit-ups.
“My major role was to ruck the ball up to gain metres.”
Carey has represented Darling Downs at state secondary school swimming championships and played for Warwick in state championship netball, but her state and national touch rugby selection is a first in any sport.
On the club scene in Warwick, Carey plays A-grade netball on a Tuesday night for Hazards and A-grade mixed touch each Wednesday for a Breakaways side, which won a premiership last month in the grand final showdown at St Mark’s Oval.
Carey will be joined at the Trans Tasman Series by Tanya Wright, of Warwick, Killarney player Peter Grayson and Texas pair Wendy Watson and Jaime Scott.