IT’S been a silvery year for Tyla Endemi who hopes, with her Tamworth Public School touch teammates, to furnish their sporting year with gold in Wyong next week.
Endemi, 12, is a talented young Year 6 student, excelling in both touch and football.
Earlier this year she won a berth in the NSW PSSA girls’ football side to play in a national championship in Brisbane.
NSW finished second and Endemi returned home with a silver medal.
Then she headed over to Coffs Harbour to play for a Northern Inland Football Under 12 development side at national championships.
“We won,” she said of a side that was coached by her father, Matthew Endemi.
“We drew one, lost one and won the rest.”
Last week, Tyla was in Darwin playing touch for NSW in another national
They finished second again, going into the last match unbeaten and against unbeaten Queensland.
“We lost 7-1,” she said of a tournament played in “warm” conditions.
The versatile pre-teen enjoys football and touch and can’t chose between.
“I don’t have a favourite,” she said.
“I like playing both of them.”
She loves scoring goals and crossing for touchdowns.
Her last-gasp try to score in the recent regional touch final for Tamworth Public against Bundarra was a favourite.
Team coach Tanya Wilson said there were three seconds left before the hooter went at Bundarra when Endemi crossed.
“They came back from 4-2 down to win that,” Wilson said.
“They did very well.
“Now they go to Wyong next Monday. The last eight teams in the state play off.
“They have been training well and are a really committed young bunch of players.”