Talitha Doro with her medal from the under-14 football nationals.
Talitha Doro with her medal from the under-14 football nationals. Gerard Walsh

Medallist aims for Matildas spot

WHEATVALE football star Talitha Doro is even more determined to play for the Matildas after experiencing her first national under-14 football match at Coffs Harbour earlier this month.

“I get an adrenalin rush every time I run on to the field,” she said.

“I watched two of the Matildas (national women’s team) games in the World Cup and it made me want to be there one day.”

Doro said she learnt at Coffs Harbour the importance of using the goalie more.

“Our Queensland team kicked the ball back to our goalie a lot more than we do in club football,” she said.

The Queensland team was presented with a gold medal for its performance at Coffs Harbour.

She played left midfield and was put forward to striker in one game where she hit an upright with one shot at goal.

Doro, a Year 9 student at Warwick State High School, is on the road again this week to represent Darling Downs in the Queensland Secondary School Football Championships which go to Sunday in Cairns.

She has been travelling to Toowoomba to train at left midfield for Darling Downs for the past three months.

“It has been said at training that we have a stronger team than last year,” Doro said.

In between state and regional commitments, Doro is playing for South West in a regional competition played between teams from Ballina to the Sunshine Coast and west to South West.

Doro scored a goal against Ballina at Ballina last Sunday.



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