Samantha earns Australian selection

On the ball: Samantha Laidler enjoys being a goal keeper, though she can play both back court positions. Picture: Natalie Roberts

On the ball: Samantha Laidler enjoys being a goal keeper, though she can play both back court positions. Picture: Natalie Roberts

GLENWOOD Netball Club member Samantha Laidler has been selected to represent Australia on a netball tour to New Zealand.

Laidler played for the NSW side at the national all-schools championships last month and was a key part of the winning side, before being selected to represent the country on tour.

A vice-captain of the state side, Laidler, 14, displayed leadership qualities on top of her play that was rewarded with selection.

"As vice-captain we help warm up by directing the team and try be a positive influence on the team overall," Laidler said.

"At the opening ceremony we went to receive the NSW flag and walk it out and at the closing ceremony we thanked the Victorian people and welcomed everyone to Sydney, because the competition will be held in Sydney next year."

Laidler, a Hills Sports High student, has previously represented NSW in touch football and netball at under-12s level, and was ready for the step up.

"It was an experience I'd had before but this was great," she said.

"The netball was a really high standard and there's a really good atmosphere.

"All the girls and their parents are there to watch. Everyone is trying to beat each other but it's still great sportsmanship."

Laidler's favourite position is goal keeper.

"I work hard on my footwork to get around the ball and read the play to see what will happen next," she said.

"I try to keep talking to the other defender.

"I love the game. I've been playing it for so long, it's something I love, throwing the ball around."

Next year Australia will travel to New Zealand for a five-day competition.

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