Byron's delightful double

Identical 16-year-old twins Bridget (left) and Sophie Thomson play for Byron Bay in the Solahart Women’s Premier competition.

I watch many games of football every week and players start to look the same after a while. This is particularly true for junior teams when boys and girls can be very difficult to distinguish, particularly with my limited eyesight. I am very interested in knowing as many players as possible and fortunately all competitive teams have numbered shirts. Working out who is who can be tricky, especially when I have heard parents calling out support for their own child, only to realise that the blonde headed kid is in fact not “their” blonde headed kid….Whoops!!

Easy mistake to make sometimes and for Gary and Melissa Thomson, this situation has occurred many times. These parents have a legitimate excuse however because they are the parents of identical twin girls. Sophie and Bridget Thomson are two delightfully vibrant young ladies who are part of a unique group of people who are physically identical.

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Sophie tipped as potential great

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STAR Byron Bay soccer recruit Sophie Thomson has so much potential as a goalkeeper that Australian Matildas head coach Tom Sermanni believes she has “all the requirements to be great”. The former Tintenbar player was the pick of all goalkeepers at the Under-17 State Championships at Coffs Harbour last June where she made the All Stars team that lost 1-0 against Metropolitan NSW. Thomson was off the field when her side conceded that goal and she only let in one goal for the whole tournament.

She also captained the All Stars outfit.

Talent scouts then had no choice but to pick the 16-year-old in the Young Matildas squad that will travel to Asia in November as they look to qualify for the Youth World Cup in Germany.

General manager of Football Far North Coast Steve Mackney has overseen Thomson’s rise through the ranks.

“Sermanni told me that: ‘Sophie has all the requirements to be great’,” he said.

“She has great hands, anticipation, judgement and above all a great attitude.

“She’s so down to earth.”

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