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Teenager Kealie thrives on touch more responsibility

Kealie Pollett is on a Melbourne tour to referee at the national titles for touch football. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Kealie Pollett is on a Melbourne tour to referee at the national titles for touch football. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK011113sref3

WHEN Kealie Pollett takes to the touch football field, she's in charge.

While the 17-year-old Rockhampton girl loves scoring tries in touch football, there is nothing she loves more than being in command of the game.

Pollett took up touch when she was just 11 and refereeing the game took her fancy not long after.

Now at level three, Pollett has been selected to referee at the Australian Touch Football Championships in Melbourne and she can't wait to hang her whistle around her neck.

"It's a really good feeling to be chosen to referee at the Australian titles," she said.

"This year there are higher age groups in the competition with 14s and 16s, whereas last year it was 12s and 15s, so there's a bit more pressure."

Pollett just completed a whirlwind weekend of competing and refereeing at the Rockhampton Touch Football Red Rooster Carnival and will continue her good form in both aspects of the sport at the upcoming national event, with hopes of gaining more experience.

"I'm more focused on the refereeing side of the game and I want to make it to level six," she said.

"I want to referee at a national level in the State of Origin touch competition and internationally in competitions between Australia and all the New Zealand and English teams."

While things can get a bit heated between players and referees on the field, Pollett is not one to complain.

"Copping flack from the players doesn't really affect me," the teenager said.

"The players get (heated) in the moment of the game but we're all friends again after the game."

Topics:  referee, touch football




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