Charlize starred for the Queensland Maroon team.
Charlize starred for the Queensland Maroon team. Kacie Crawford GLA130119CHARLIZE

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NETBALL: Gladstone has produced yet another athlete who'll represent Australia.

Gladstone netball Association Yaralla prodigy Charlize Crawford has been selected in the Under 13 Australian Budgies team announced yesterday afternoon.

Despite the fierce competition at the Australian Indigenous Schoolgirl Championships played in Victoria, Charlize said she has made friends from foes while she played for Queensland Maroon.

And that'll make the transition in the Aussie team so much easier.

"I'm so stoked and excited to play with some her friends from other the states," Charlize said.

She said to play against older opponents at the championships has been a bonus.

"I also liked playing up against the 14-year-olds because it was a good challenge," Charlize said.

"The standard of netball was amazing. We had some very physical and intense games. There were a few close score-lines which showed just how hard all the girls from both teams were working."

Charlize played in a position where she was in the midst of the action and she relished in it.

"My coach Hayley said I was very strong through the centre court," Charlize said.

"I don't normally play a lot of centre, so was happy that my fitness held up over the five days."

The nationals experience will help Charlize when she steps out on court in a few short months for the winter season.

"I got a lot of good feedback during trials that I will work on in my club team this year," she said.

"I am more confident after playing against the older girls. I think I am coming back a better player."

The Australian team will play on the Gold Coast in April.



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