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.”