Muswellbrook's Matilda Jones named in NSW Combined Catholic Colleges under-15 touch team

TALENTED touch player Matilda Jones is hoping to achieve a rare double next month.

And, she has a great opportunity to do it, too, after being selected in the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) under-15 team for the upcoming NSW All Schools Championships at the NSW Sport and Recreation centre, Narrabeen, on August 4 and 5.

The gifted teenager represented her state while in Year 6 at St James’ Primary School Muswellbrook – and she’s keen to replicate that feat, now as a student at St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen.

Even though Jones’ Maitland-Newcastle diocesan side lost the final of the NSWCCC Championships, at Penrith, to Broken Bay, she did more than enough to catch the eye of selectors.

“I scored a few tries,” she admitted.

“But, I really wanted to be picked [for NSWCCC].

“In fact, it was a goal of mine.

“So, I was happy with my effort.”

Jones is anticipating another demanding assignment, in Sydney, in a few weeks’ time.

“It will be a good competition,” she said.

“You know, especially at a higher level, the standard is a lot tougher.

“It would be great to make the NSW team [again] – that’s my next aim.”

To prepare for the NSW All Schools Championships, Jones will continue to run out onto the field for the Muswellbrook Ramettes.

She plays in the under-16 league tag competition on Friday nights; then backs up for the Hunter Valley Group 21 outfit on the weekend.

Unfortunately, Muswellbrook suffered a surprising 10-2 defeat at the hands of the Greta Branxton Colts in its previous hit-out, which saw the girls slip back into fourth spot on the ladder.

“It was a very close match; and only 4-2 [to Greta] until the dying minutes,” Jones said.

“However, I love the sport.

“And, it’s fun.”