OPPORTUNITY has knocked for rising touch star Kate Dreyer, who begins her X-Blades National Youth Championships campaign with the NSW Combined High Schools side today.
Dreyer, 17, earned selection after starring at a recent state tournament for the Riverina side and now finds herself rubbing shoulders with some of Australia’s best young touch football talent.
The tournament, held at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, starts today and wraps up on Saturday, with Dreyer part of the NSW CHS under 18s side that last year was defeated in the final.
She’s hopeful the team can go one better this year.
“It’s a big opportunity for me. I’m really glad I made the team and I’m really excited about it,” the Griffith High student said.
“It’s going to be pretty hard because we’re versing Queensland and a lot of other strong sides, but we’ll give it our best shot.
“It’d be nice to get back in the final and have another crack.”
Touch is not Dreyer’s only sporting pursuit, having previously represented the Riverina in both cross country and tennis.
But it is her number one passion, according to Griffith High acting head of PE, Mel Smith.
“She’s very naturally talented when it comes to touch football,” she said.
“She’s got a lot of speed but also a really good ability to read the game and make runs from dummy half. She reads the play really well.”
The NSW CHS side has been drawn in Pool B and take on the Northern Territory this morning, and will play a total of eight round robin games ahead of the finals on Saturday.