Brylee’s NZ call-up shock – 13-year-old makes under 15 side


Oamaru’s Brylee More was wondering what was going on when she started receiving text messages of congratulations.
As it turned out, she was being congratulated for making the New Zealand under-15 mixed touch team.
The 13-year-old St Kevin’s College pupil is a regular on the local touch scene, both socially and for her mixed team at school.
Her selection is a classic example of impressing the right people at the right time.
Firstly, she was selected for the North Otago under-15 mixed team, and following a tournament held in Oamaru, she made the cut for the Otago under-15 Otago girls’ side, having previously represented the province at under-13 level.
More then played in the South Island junior interprovincial series _ she was the only girl from Oamaru selected for the tournament _ before competing at the national junior championships.
After strong performances in her position of middle helped the Otago side finish third, she was picked for national honours.
“It’s only my first year in the under-15s so I was pretty surprised that I was selected,” she said.
More is one of five girls from the South Island to make the cut for the 18-strong squad, which includes two non-travelling reserves, and the only player from North Otago.
The squad will compete in a tournament on Australia’s Gold Coast in mid-September.
More said she enjoyed several aspects of the fast-paced sport.
“I like the social side of it and how fast it is. It’s a lot different from the other sports I play.”Those include netball, basketball and tennis, while she has also dabbled in 10-a-side rugby.
“I planned on playing rugby, but after getting selected for this, I thought I should reconsider that.
“I will probably play touch all through high school and I might look at some social teams I could play for later.”More will play for St Kevin’s at the South Island secondary schools tournament in Christchurch later this month.

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