Brooke aims to roar once again

Brooke Goodrich is aiming to make it into the Brisbane Roar women's team for a second season.
Brooke Goodrich is aiming to make it into the Brisbane Roar women's team for a second season.

BROOKE Goodrich is no stranger to competitive football.

The 17-year-old has represented both her country and her state and plans to do that again in the upcoming season.

Trials for the Brisbane Roar open women's team take place in the next month and Brooke is determined to make it into the squad for the second year running.

The Emmaus College year 12 student was the youngest player in the squad last season.

"I recently finished my first season with Brisbane Roar and we came second in the W-League to Melbourne Victory," Brooke said.

"I play in the centre back position, which is the last line of defence. That means you need to be confident in your tackles and have composure on the ball so you don't give it away."

Brooke first made a national team at 13 and has played at that level since, most recently in the under 17s Mini Matildas, a national squad of 23.

With the Mini Matildas she travelled around the world, to places like the Philippines, New Zealand and China, playing football matches and the team just narrowly missed out on qualifying for the FIFA under 17s Women's World Cup in Costa Rica earlier this year.

Brooke said she has loved playing football from the moment she started nine years ago.

"At the start I just played it for fun but then I gradually got better and wanted to keep going and improving," she said.

"I train five nights a week in Brisbane, for an hour and a half each night, and juggling that with year 12 study is hard but it is worth it.

"In the future I would like to go overseas and play during the off season, maybe somewhere like the Netherlands."


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