Bathurst High girls ready for next level at upcoming nationals

BATHURST High School's talent pool of footballers is growing with three girls recently finding places in state representative teams.

Menzi White and Joely Anderson have been selected in the NSW Country Under 14s team to compete at the upcoming National Youth Championships while Kate Duffy will line up for the Under 15s Metro Blue team to play at Nationals.

READY TO REPRESENT: Bathurst High School's Joely Anderson, Kate Duffy and Menzi White have progressed to NSW Country and Metro representative teams. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

READY TO REPRESENT: Bathurst High School's Joely Anderson, Kate Duffy and Menzi White have progressed to NSW Country and Metro representative teams. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

White and Anderson have been a crucial part of both Bathurst High School and Western NSW Mariners FC teams while Duffy plys her trade for both her school and Football NSW Institute.

The National Youth Championships will run from July 16 to 20 at Coffs Harbour.

“We probably had five trials all up over three weeks. It was a bit stressful but it was really good to make it. There were a lot of girls who tried out,” Duffy said.

“I play with the majority of this team already. I’d say we’ve got very good team chemistry.”

All three of the girls will line up for Bathurst High in their Bill Turner Trophy game following the national championships.”

White and Anderson are part of the undefeated Western NSW Mariners FC under 15s team. The side have won 15 of 18 games and currently boast a streak of seven straight clean sheets.

White is hopeful of taking some of that great form into nationals.

“I met the team at the start of the year through most of the camps we had. I’m familiar with the team now,” she said.

“I was pretty nervous about whether I’d make it or not.”

Anderson and White open their tournament with a derby against NSW Metro White. Duffy will begin the under 15s competition against Emerging Jets.

The girls will be ready for more schools football action soon after their return home.

Bathurst High School has progressed to the Bill Turner Trophy round of 16 where they will face the winner of the Wollongong regional match between Holy Spirit Bellambi and St Marys Star of the Sea.