Brittney Roberts returns from the National Youth Touch Championships at Port Macquarie where she won gold. Photo: MAX FLEET tou0110a
Brittney Roberts returns from the National Youth Touch Championships at Port Macquarie where she won gold. Photo: MAX FLEET tou0110a

Brittney gets Queensland chance

GOOD things come to those who wait. Just ask Brittney Roberts.

The Bundaberg State High School student had made no less than three Queensland squads in her high school sporting career only to fall short of pulling on a maroon jersey.

Her illustrious high school career in touch football and hockey saw Roberts selected as a shadow player for Queensland on several occasions.

But she never got to represent her state.

“I was always the shadow or just on the cusp of making it,” Roberts said.

That was until her final year in school.

The 17-year-old this year pulled on the Queensland jersey for the first time.

And she did not let her state down.

Scoring several tries for the Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) team, Roberts helped her team to an undefeated victory in last month's 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships in Port Macquarie.

“She had always wanted to play for Queensland but she always just missed out,” her mother Julie said.

“In her final year, she got to do it.”

Even this year it looked like Brittney would miss out on the squad.

Despite captaining her side in state finals in Brisbane earlier in the year, Brittney was again named as a shadow in this year's Queensland team.

But she received a last minute call-up to join the Queensland team in Port Macquarie.

Pulling on the Queensland uniform for the first time, Brittney felt immediately comfortable with the prestigious honour.

“I felt like I played well, it was a great opportunity and I got to score some tries and win some games,” she said.

Queensland went through the tournament undefeated and ended up in the final against New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges.

Brittney and her team-mates walked away with an impressive 5-3 victory and the title.



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