Players To Do Port Macquarie Proud

Players To Do Port Macquarie Proud

first_imgSix Port Macquarie Touch Football representatives will have the privilege of representing their state in front of a home crowd on Friday and Saturday as they take part in the 2012 State of Origin Series. Women’s 20’s players, Simone Smith and Kate Coleman, Men’s 20’s player, Paddy Coelho, Women’s 30’s player, Anna Gleeson, Women’s 40’s player, Lisa Wilkes and Men’s 40’s coach, Peter Vincent will battle it out against Queensland at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in the series, the first time the event has been played in four years. We caught up with Smith, Coleman and Coelho on what it means to them to make their first New South Wales teams and what they are expecting from the series. Congratulations on all making New South Wales teams, how much are you looking forward to playing in the Origin Series?Simone – I’m pretty excited and especially in front of the home crowd, I think if they get behind us it will be pretty good, and I’m pretty excited to play alongside Kate who I’ve played all of my junior Touch with so I’m pretty excited to step onto the field tomorrow, it will be fun. Kate – I’m really excited, I’ve got that feeling in my belly. I can’t wait to play, I really want to beat Queensland, I’m pretty pumped. Paddy – I’m very excited, I think we’ve got a very good side, and it’s a good experience for me, being from the country as most of my team is from Sydney. I’m really excited, hopefully we get a win. How has the training schedule been over the past couple of months, have you had the opportunity to train with your respective teams a bit?Simone – I think we’ve had two compulsory training camps with most of the girls there then we’ve had a few Sunday training sessions but most of the girls have all got there, it’s been a pretty good turn up and it’s been heaps good. Paddy – I’ve been going down to Sydney most weekends when we have had our camps and in Wollongong, because that’s where our coach is based, we’ve gone down there a bit and we just train over the weekends so it’s been good. How about you Kate, being in Townsville currently, have you been able to make it back?Kate – I’ve been back for all of the training sessions that I could. It’s been good, I enjoy the training so I don’t mind coming back as well and it’s good catching up with Simone and my Mum when it happens anyway. What do you know about your Queensland teams that you are playing?Simone – I guess it will come down to whoever plays better on the day but I think they’ve got a strong side but if we all work together and gel really well we can take the win. Paddy – We know that the Queenslanders are going to be quick and fast and they are going to be fit so we’ll have to be on our game. What have your coaches told you about Origin?Kate – We had a big team dinner at our big camp in Wollongong and they got pretty into it and said how dedicated we have to be, not only on the field but also off and they said some great speeches to motivate us.How much would it mean to you all to win Origin?Simone – I think it would be a very big honour, especially being our first time to put on the New South Wales jersey, especially in front of the home crowd, if we can get the win, having all the home crowd behind us would be very pleasing. Just to already be part of the team is a big honour, I think if we win it will be an ever bigger bonus. You are all in Australian 20’s squads at the moment too, how is that going?Kate – Very nerve racking. They are going to pick it after Origin so I’m hoping to play well. But I’m trying not to think about it too much, I’m just stoked we all got in it in the first place. Simone – If we all got into the Australian teams it would be a bonus, being in this Origin team like I said is a massive honour but it will be a pretty big honour if us three could make it into the Australian team, we know how hard it is to get there but I reckon we’ve prepared pretty well and if we play our best we will hopefully get a spot. PC – Our squad is good, we are down to 20 now. Hopefully if I play well enough I’ll be lucky enough to get selected which would be exciting. It’s great to see a number of you from Port Macquarie playing Origin and in Australian squads, how exciting is that for you?Kate – It’s heaps good coming from a country town because you always hear that the big city comps help you get in but just playing for Port Macquarie and the Eagles, it’s been really good to get in these Origin and Aussie squads. Who’s helped you along the way?Simone – I think Peter Vincent, he’s been a really big help, and Steph Halpin, she’s been pretty good because she’s been in a lot of Australian representative teams, she’s been a pretty big inspiration to us. Paddy – For the boys it’s obviously Peter Vincent, he’s promoted us Port players and Eagles players to the city coaches and selectors I guess. Your families, everyone in Port that gets behind you, I know that there are a lot of people around town that are excited that we are playing here and they are really looking forward to seeing us out there on the paddock. 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