TAREE’S Sabrina Green is confident the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges team will give the national schools touch championship a real nudge next month.
Sabrina, from St Clare’s High, was a member of the NSW CCC team that finish a credible sixth from 15 at the nationals last year. However, she believes the roster the squad will have at Caloundra this time around is superior.
“We had players unavailable last year because they decided to play State of Origin,’’ she explained.
“They’re all available this year so I think we’re going to go pretty well.’’
Sabrina is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.
She’s almost a veteran player at State level now, making her debut in the juniors two seasons ago before earning her spurs in the senior team in 2012. Sabrina was a member of the Maitland-Newcastle team that contested State championships held at Penrith. The side has a pretty average campaign and Sabrina was the only member to gain a place in the NSW squad. She expects to play at a link for NSW - her preferred position.
Sabrina, 17, started playing touch when she was eight after being introduced to the sport by her aunt, Therese Ferguson, who also acted as her first coach. She showed immediate aptitude for the game and was soon playing for Taree at the State Junior Cup. She caught the attention of Northern Eagles selectors when she was 13 and has been a regular member of representative teams since. Last year Sabrina turned out for Port Macquarie in the open State Cup held in Port Macquarie. She enjoyed the challenge and hopes to return to Port this December, although she isn’t sure who with.
Last weekend Sabrina was in a squad of juniors who attended specialised Oz Squad training held at Wollongong organised by Touch Australia. This was the first of what will become an annual promotion.
Away from the touch field Sabrina also plays A-grade netball at Taree.