Lucy gains Queensland selection

A LONG streak of bad luck could not keep injury-plagued Cordalba State School student Lucy Johnson out of a Queensland Country guernsey.

Lucy, 12, battled through a stress fracture in her foot and an ankle injury this season, but still managed to catch the eye of selectors for Queensland selection.

The North Bundaberg striker was called up for the side last week after playing in the regional championships which had her pitted against the best female soccer players in her age group from Gympie to North Queensland.

As one of the top 15 chosen from the carnival to travel to a camp on the Gold Coast from September 16-30, Lucy will train with and compete against the 15 best selected in the City team for a berth in the Queensland side.

After five days of intensive training under some of the best coaches in the game, the youngster could find herself on a plane travelling to Canberra in January fighting for her place on an Australian team.

“That would just be the best,” Lucy said.

“Playing for the Matildas and one day being a professional women’s football player is all I want to do.”