Phillips sparks WA

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Some players are made for the big moments, relishing to the chance lift their team to victory.

On Tuesday evening with Western Australia holding a slender one-point lead over a dogged Queensland side, Kira Phillips came into her own.

The elusive forward pounced on the loose ball twice in the space of two minutes to kick crucial final-term goals.

The 19-point victory was just reward for Western Australia’s core group of key players led by captain Emma Swanson, ruckman Sabrina Traub-Frederick and midfielder Caitlyn Edwards, but even more so for Phillips.

The 17-year-old from Gnowangerup, near Albany, has shown in three games at the Youth girls Championships that she has many strings to her bow.

Quick on the lead, with terrific hands, she is a defenders’ worst nightmare. With 15 goals at the championships so far – including eight against NSW/ACT earlier, Phillips has shown here exquisite skills but also left no one in doubt of her desire for the contest.

After bagging the match-winning goals on Tuesday, she backed it up with an inspiring bit of play that saw her stream out of centre-half-forward, meet the ball on the bounce and crash into an opponent before throwing the ball on her boot.

“It was pretty intense in those last few minutes and I had to step for my team,” Phillips said.

“It was great to kick a couple of goals and help the team get the win.”

Phillips, playing at her third Youth Gils National Championships said WA’s strength was the closeness of the group.

“It’s great to come away with all the girls because we’re like family,” Phillips said.

 “All over the ground we have a lot of talent so when we step up we’re hard to beat.”

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