FOOTY FAN: Ria Sleep would love to be able to play football in the colts for her team Westies.
RIA Sleep made her mark on the football oval in a schoolgirls exhibition match during the SA Country Championships in Port Lincoln.
The 15-year-old footy lover from Ceduna was approached to play in the match between Port Lincoln High School and St Joseph’s School, as it was uncertain if the match would be played due to low numbers.
The teams ended up played seven-a-side rather than nine, and Sleep pitched in for St Joseph’s. Having travelled to Port Lincoln already to play in the Pedler Cup competition, she gladly jumped at the opportunity.
“My dad was actually helping score the match and was chatting with the coach’s wife and told them that I could fill in for them,” she said.
“I love footy, I love it more than netball. I wish I could play all the time.”
The match went for two 10 minute halves, and the St Joseph’s side won, with Sleep impressing the entire crowd with some skillful plays.
After the match, she was approached by SANFL regional football co-ordinator for the EP zoneAndrew Taheny who took her name.
“The SANFL bloke wanted to contact someone inCeduna to get me a permission slip to that I can play colts. He thought I was really good at footy and said that I’ve got some skill,” the young footballer said.
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