Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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Supporting Leah Gubb to go, well, somewhere

Supporting Leah Gubb to go, well, somewhere

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls Under 16 Football Team won’t be travelling to Thailand next month anymore. According to Carl Gubb, the father of Leah Gubb -Mercury Bay Football’s only representative in the team, the parents of all the team members weren’t comfortable with the tour going ahead while Thailand is in a state of political instability. The team was scheduled to play two games against the Thailand Girls Under 16 Football Team and two club games.

The New Zealand team will still be travelling this year, still in July or in October, depending on the speed with which new arrangements can be put in place, to either Japan, Europe or Canada.

Leah is only one of three Waikato Bay of Plenty girls who made the team of eighteen players. It was a long road to get there. She first had to qualify to attend a Federation Training Centre for players from the Waikato Bay of Plenty region. Thereafter she was chosen to attend one of three National Training Centres. Only 120 girls from across New Zealand were invited to these National Training Centres. From those 120 girls, the New Zealand team was chosen.

The next goal for Leah in her football career is to be chosen for the New Zealand Girls Under 17 Team. As she’s still Under 15, and assuming she’ll make the Secondary Schools Under 16 Team next year again, she may well have experience of four international games when she tries out for the Under 17 team.

The Mercury Bay Football Club is fully supportive of Leah’s efforts to play international football.

They will be holding a fundraiser to help with her expenses on 15 June with a live screening of the international England v Italy football game at Whitianga’s Monkey House Theatre in Coghill Street. Tickets cost $10 per adult and $5 per child and include coffee, hot chocolate and croissants. Tickets are available from the Mercury Bay Area School office.

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