savannah to represent region in national soccer comp


Hours of backyard toil and clocking up the kilometres is paying off for Savannah Boller.

The talented goalkeeper has again earned representative honours after being included in the Northern New South Wales under-15 squad to compete at the National Youth Championships.

Savannah, who will line up alongside some of the country's best young players in her age group at the tournament, developed her skills with devoted practice at her Byron Bay home.

The 13-year-old also travels across southern Queensland with her Palm Beach side every week and attends thrice-weekly training sessions with the Gold Coast outfit.

"Football is addictive, I love it," she said.

"I did train a lot by myself and have no social life. It was tough but I wanted to do it.

"I guess if you commit yourself to it, you can do it." Trinity Catholic College Lismore student and former rugby-playing Savannah, who earned selection for the under-13 party last year, has enjoyed a meteoric rise after only taking up the sport about three years ago.

"My dad was a goalkeeper so it seemed like the natural position for me," she said.

"I was not afraid to dive about and I thought 'this is fun'.

"When I make a save, I feel happy knowing I have kept my team in the game."

Savannah is the only FNC player selected in the 16-strong party, which is dominated by Newcastle-based players.

She earned her place for the second consecutive year after impressing selectors in a series of trials, including a camp at Armidale's UNE.

Northern NSW will take on regional teams from across the country at the championships to be staged in Coffs Harbour in July.

"I look up to a lot of these players so it is amazing knowing I will be there against them," Savannah said.