Tamworth player in NSW side for national titles

TAMWORTH’S Laura Robinson will again wear the blue cap of NSW at a national championships.

This time it’s with the U20s, with Robinson selected in the NSW Waratahs side for the nationals beginning at Homebush today.

NSW will field two teams at the championships – the Waratahs and Blues.

Robinson’s selection comes after playing for the Waratahs U18s at the Pan Pacific Games last July and then impressing at the State U20s Championships in November.

From those, she was named in an extended squad to attend training and trials in Sydney.

Thinking she was an outside chance of being picked, but thinking more of the experience and skills she would gain from trialling, it was a wonderful surprise for the 17-year-old to learn of her selection.

It follows, as well as the U18s, also making the NSW and Australian Country open women’s sides.

Robinson will play in the number 10 cap for NSW and has been commuting between Newcastle and Sydney since the New Year for state training with sometimes twice daily sessions.

Travelling is something she’s been doing a bit of already this season.

She has been training with the Hunter Hurricanes National League Women’s Squad and head coach Dan Marsden is keen to have her play in some National League games after the nationals and when school time permits. 

She’s also been – with several other Tamworth juniors – playing in the Newcastle competition for the Lake Macquarie Dolphins.

They’ve been travelling to Newcastle most weekends since the start of the season in October.

Thing’s don’t look like slowing down for Robinson either.

She’s got the U18 State Championships in mid-March and is hoping to make the NSW side to compete at the nationals in Perth during the April school holidays.

Wee Waa’s Emily Grellman, who plays in Tamworth, was also selected in the NSW U20 women’s squad but she already has a full training agenda with the National Born 1996 Girls’ Water Polo squad.

She is vying for a spot as a goal- keeper in the Australian Junior Women’s Team to compete at the 2014 world junior titles.

The U20s nationals run through to Saturday.

Robinson and her Waratahs team-mates will face the visiting New Zealand side in their first game today.

They have the bye first-up and will then match-up against NSW counterparts the Blues tomorrow.