Heeding the call

POWER PAIR: Kristen and Renae Glanville have both been selected for the Group Nine leaguetag side. Picture: Harrison Vesey

It’s never something you take for granted, but it’s nota big surprise either when the Glanvillegirls get a representative call-up.

Whether they’re competing against each other in touch or side by side throughout theleaguetagseason, the sisters are an indomitable force in local and regional competition.

Following another successful challenge at the Gundagai tournamentboth Kristen, 22, and Renae, 19, have been selected for the Group Nineleaguetag side for a third time.

They’re not alonein doing our local club proud.

Haydn Cowled, Jared Prosser and James Smith have alsobeen selected for the under 18s side.

Each athlete will now have the opportunity to train and compete with the best of the bestagainst other groups from the region.

For Kristen, who is co-coaching the Bullettes this year with Danni Visser, it’s alsoan opportunity to pick up some new training techniques and drills to bring back to the season.

“We’d love to win it, we’ve come so close the past four years and this time we’d loveto take it one step further,” Kristen said.

“We’ve got a prettyyoung, fit side so we’re happy with that and hopefully we can do it.”

Group Nine will have two or three training sessions in Wagga before they take on Group 20.

“They’re a whole different level of leaguetag compared to us, they’re pretty good,” Kristen said.

“You can bring back heaps to training from the way that they play; they play quicker and tougher.

“It’s a good experience for us though and it’s a lot of fun.”

The girlshave just the one clash to train for, but for the under 18s boys there are opportunities to advance further.

They will head to Wagga to take on Group Eight and Group 20 in the Bidgee Bulls trials.

The boys all played Bidgee together in the under 16s and won the championship in Dubbo.

They are allare hoping to prove themselves again as more mature playersthis year.

If selected for the Bulls, they will then take on representative teams from around NSW and attempt to qualify for the Country NSW side.

Haydn has previously been selected for this side, taking on Country Queensland and New Zealand at the next level.

“It’s a few steps up from normal Group Nine footy, it’s real tough,” Haydn said.

Looking closer to home, the boys are aiming this year to reach the semi-finals in Group Nine and sayconsistency is key to their season.

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