Coyne earns state selection after tough road fo final

Emily Coyne
Emily Coyne

IT IS during the hard times that sports people learn the most about themselves.

For a touch player, there could be nothing tougher than being down to three players in the final of the state championships, having played seven games in two days.

That is what Eastern Heights 14-year-old Emily Coyne endured before her South West Queensland under 14 team lost to South Queensland at Rockhampton last month.

Fortunately for Emily, the disappointment of defeat was partly eased by selection in the Queensland under-14 girls touch team.

Emily had starred for SWQ throughout the state titles and was one of the six (three from each team) remaining players on the field when the final was forced deep into drop-off extra time.

"I was pretty buggered," Emily said of how she felt at the time.

"It was very hard because every time we got up their end, we'd lose the ball. It was just tiredness."

Emily was hoping she had done enough to earn state selection and was relieved when she realised she had.

The former Queensland primary schools representative considers herself an on-field leader and figures it must have shone through.

"I think I communicated well with my teammates in defence and when we're setting up moves," she said.

Her defence, a characteristic of the SWQ team, was also noticed.

Her reward is a trip to Melbourne with the Queensland squad from December 10-15.

There they will play the Victorian under-18s and visit a range of elite sports centres, learning about what is required to be an elite sportspeople.

While Emily earned her place on tour the hard way, she would not have been going had it not been for some appreciated support.

Emily received sponsorship from the Queenslanders Credit Union, the Ipswich Touch Association and SWQ Touch.