Christchurch girls make national football team

NEW EXPERIENCES: Emma Clarke is looking forward to heading to Singapore for a few games.

St Andrew’s College’s Lily Bray and Britneylee Nicholson and St Margaret’s Emma Clarke have been named in the New Zealand secondary school girls’ football team to travel to Singapore at the end of September.

They will play two games against Singapore women’s national A and two games against the women’s club champions at Jalan Besar Stadium.

“It’s a good opportunity to form a really good team and culture,” Nicholson, 17, said.

Clarke, 17, and Bray, 16, were at school when they received the email letting them know they had made the team.

“I let out a small scream and I couldn’t stop smiling. I have really been wanting to get into this team for a while now,” Bray said.

Said Nicholson: “When I first got the email late at night I went around the house yelling and waking everyone up, I was so excited. I just felt all the hard work I had put in had paid off.”

All three girls agree that the best part of being selected for the team is the great opportunity to play with other talented girls in a different country.

The girls will be in Singapore from the September 27 to October 6.

Both Bray and Clarke have also been picked to play for New Zealand at the under-19 Oceania Women’s Championship in Auckland this month.