Tegan Cox prepares to represent Queensland at the national titles.
Tegan Cox prepares to represent Queensland at the national titles. Robyne Cuerel

Howard sharp shooter ready to unleash

SHE'S the pocket rocket with an insatiable thirst for goals, aiming to use her lethal boot to deliver Queensland a national title in Canberra.

And with a bit of luck Tegan Cox might also be able to make a name for herself.

A pint-sized striker at 155cm, the Howard youngster will be making her third appearance at a national competition when she takes part in the School Sport Australia 19 years girls football championship, starting tomorrow.

The 17-year-old, who is enjoying a stellar season for National Premier League club Wide Bay Revolution, has just spent two days on the Gold Coast as part of a training camp and admitted she was delighted to pull on the Queensland shirt once again.

"I enjoy playing soccer, it's something I've played my whole life, so I'm glad I made it," Cox told the Chronicle.

"It's a good feeling to be able to make that level and that if you put your mind to something you can achieve it.

"I just want to do good and don't want to let the team down and have fun."

A standout for the Revolution in the under-18 women's competition, Cox has terrorised defenders with her hard-running game to score 11 goals in 12 games to sit fifth on the goalscorers' list.

Against The Gap/Brisbane City she proved her scoring prowess by booting four goals to single-handedly lead her team to victory, but her coach Cameron Hanrahan said it was the competitiveness and determination she brought to the table that coaches looked for in a young player.

"I don't think I have met anyone, male or female, who works as hard as her on the pitch," he said.

"She never stops, she's always talking, she's committed to the team and when she has ability to run she runs and doesn't stop.

"When she's on song she's almost unstoppable in front of goals.

"She is one of the smallest in the squad and one of the quickest and if you underestimate her you do it at your own peril."

Cox is certainly a sharp shooter, and being ambidextrous gives her the ability to unleash her full potential.

She's been compared favourably to Matildas great Sarah Walsh and current Australian team member Lisa De Vanna, who are both prolific strikers and 157cm tall.

With a rich array of skills the St Mary's College student has a game that could elevate her to the highest level of the sport.

"I think she has the ability to go further," Hanrahan said.

"She has the natural talent and natural ability and if she gets spotted at the national titles I have no doubt that someone will pick her up and take her to the next level."



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