Talia will be going away to Unisport Nationals Div 1 in only a few weeks to compete with the Women's Football team!
"My favourite thing about football other than the competitive aspect of the sport would have to be the social side. The best people I have met and made life-long friendships with have started as team mates."
Talia has been playing football since the age of 5, having competed in club football in her local town of Eden until the age of 12. During that time, she competed in a variety of competitions including the Kanga Cup, Karl Posselt Cup and Branch Championships. After this period of football, she progressed to playing for Southern Branch in the NSW NPL2 competition for 4 years. During her time at Southern Branch she also played in the annual State Title Championship and competed for the country cup.
"I especially love the banter and team atmosphere with your team for training and then watching them transform into total BEAST MODE on game day. I think because it’s a team sport the idea of not only playing for yourself, but your team as well is another great thing about football that you can bring into your everyday life."
Talia was selected and played in the 2013 and 2015 NSW Country State team which competed for the National Championship and won in the later year. In 2014 and 2015 she played and co-captained for the International Football Group representing Australia in Fiji for the Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup, both of which they won! She has since returned to club football and had two undefeated seasons. I also played and captained the All Age Women’s FSCFA representative team in the branch championships both of which we won. This past year she has played in the Division 1 State League Competition for the ANUWFC, which we were the minor premiers and runners up for the major premiership.
"I balance both sport and Uni by just having good time management skills. I had to learn how to balance both study and football from the early age of 13 since I would often find myself leaving school early to travel 4 hours for training 2-3 times a week when I was playing for Southern Branch. I think its highly important to continue to do both since sport has so many benefits to not only your physical health but mental well-being as well."
Talia reckons that the Div 1 competition will be highly competitive, and even more so as their team has been placed in Pool A.
"This will make the week even more fun because we know were playing with the best female footballers in Australia at an elite university level. The best part of tournaments for me is the memories of being so emotionally and physically drained on the last few days that you find an even greater love and appreciation for your team because everyone is always there for each other whether it be on the field or off it."
Best of luck, Talia!