Magic touch wows selectors

SHE'S stopped plenty of players on the footy field but this year Madison Regan's feisty touch has also brought selectors to a halt.

The Penrith Touch Association representative was recently named for the under 18 Australian side which will travel to New Zealand to play in the Trans Tasman Challenge against the host country in February.

Regan's inclusion in the team marked her first Australian call-up and the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation Senior Sportstar of the Month for November said she was stunned when she learned of her selection via email.

"I was so excited and I was in a bit of shock," Regan said.

"I'm a bit nervous but it will be exciting to play with the other girls and it means a lot to play for my country.

"It's been my dream for a while, so it's really exciting to be able to do it."

As the Australian team comprises girls from within and outside NSW, training together is difficult, but Regan is confident they'll be hard to beat against New Zealand in their three scheduled matches.

"We'd like to win and I think we can," she said.

"It will be really tough but we have a good team and hopefully we can pull through."

The 18-year-old began playing in Penrith representative teams 10 years ago, but said she only began to appreciate how talented she truly was when she began to receive top representative honours this year.

Before making the Australian side, Regan was selected to don the NSW jersey for her first under 20 State of Origin series in Port Macquarie.

At the time, she was 17 and her team went on to trounce Queensland three games to nil.

"It was a bit unexpected but I was really happy," she said.

"It was fun to play with the best girls from NSW and celebrate with them."

Next month, Regan will represent Penrith Premier League Women's Open team in the NSW State Cup and, while her team has lost some members from its past line-up, she was hopeful they would still perform well.

As a short-term goal, Regan is vying for a spot in the Elite 8 competition in March. Long-term, she's aiming to progress into the under 20 Australian team and then, one day, join the Australian Open side.

Madison has won $800 courtesy of PVSF Senior Sportstar of the Month sponsor, Penrith Panthers. To nominate, visit pvsf.org.au.

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