Wagga’s sporting prowess has continued to shine on the national stage after 14-year-old Ebony Warner was named in an invitational side set to tour France in conjunction with the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
The goalkeeping talent has been a mainstay in the under 14s girls Wanderers side that took out back-to-back Country Cup titles back in June and was a standout in Mount Austin High School’s surprise run to the Shipard Shield finals in August.
However, it was Warner’s exploits in the NSW Country strip during July’s National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour that caught the eyes of national selectors.
Warner excelled in with the gloves as the NSW Country side charged into third place at the championships and was promptly invited to tour in the invitational side next year.
“It’s not the Australian side that’s going but it’s an invitational team that basically goes along with them,” Warner said.
“My nan got an email about it after the championships and said the I’d been invited to go over to France to play four friendlies and see a couple of World Cup games.”
Warner might have never picked up goalkeeping were it not for another Wagga sportswomen – Western Sydney Wanderers and Young Matildas’ star Jada Whyman.
“Jada was my coach back in under 9s and no one really wanted to be a keeper so she’s the one who got me into it,” she said.
It’s a decision that’s certainly panned out well for Warner, who now spends roughly 10-12 hours per week in the nets.
“I train separately with (goalkeeping coach) Liam Dedini on Mondays and then I’ll usually train Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and then have games Saturday and Sunday,” she said.
Fellow NSW Country and Wanderers team mates Piper Scott, Anisa Rees and Francesca Scott were also invited to tour in June next year and Warner is excited to soak up the atmosphere.
“I really want to meet Sam Kerr and Lydia Williams – they’re definitely my favourite players,” she said.
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