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    Sachi Syme took up football about a year ago and she has already been chosen to play in the Port Power Elite Next Generation Academy.

    The 14-year-old was the only player from the area and the only country player chosen in the under 16 squad from West Adelaide, Norwood and Eagles players.

    Sachi plays netball during the winter and said she only started playing football after her mother signed her up for the summer competition last year.

    “I started playing about a year ago,” she said.

    “I’m really competitive so I was always playing against my brother in the backyard.”

    She was identified by Norwood during last season’s competition, before she trialled with a squad of 50 girls for selection into the elite academy.

    The year 9 St Joseph’s student said she then attended a training session and trial match before the academy’s numbers were cut down to 25.

    The academy programs provides an elite environment for emerging female talent to the Super Women’s League and AFLW.

    “I always get nervous but it’s a good way to meet new people, it’s a good experience and I love it,” she said.

    “I’m really not fussed I play where ever I get put, but I think I might start at forward pocket for the matches.”

    Sachi began playing in the under 16 competition in Port Lincoln, but this year moved up to the under 18 team.

    “The expectations are way higher, it’s more intense because everyone is there to win,” she said on the academy.

    “I don’t want to lose against the Crows.”

    She said she would see what happened in the future for her game but that the AFLW would be a great experience.

    Following the three matches between the Power and Crows academies, a South Australian squad will be chosen to compete against a Victorian Country team in June.

    Article courtesy of the Port Lincoln Times.

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