Sunshine school girl selected for state team

Analise has been selected as a member of the School Sport Victoria 12 Years & under Football State Team (Damjan Janevski) 257803_02

Molly Magennis

Sunshine’s Analise Petersen has been selected as a member of the School Sport Victoria 12 years and under football state team.

Analise, who studies at Maribyrnong College, will be competing in an interstate competition at the Sydney International Cup, against teams from across Australia.

The 12-year-old participated in a trial process in order to be selected to represent Team Victoria, and says she wasn’t expecting to be selected.

“When I first found out that I got in I was very emotional,” she said.

“There’s new people that I haven’t met before so that’s good, and going to Sydney is very exciting.”

Analise, who lives in Sunshine, started playing soccer in 2016 and loves how the sport makes her feel.

She currently plays with National Premier League club, Heidelberg United.

“I can’t really describe it, it just makes me feel happy, it’s like my freedom,” she said.

The young sports star says she would definitely love to play soccer professionally and looks up to Matilda players Ellie Carpenter and Hayley Raso.

“I think [Ellie Carpenter] is a really strong player,” said Analise.

“I feel like she’s a bit underrated, she’s such a great player.”

The competition will mark the first time Analise has traveled interstate to play and she’s really looking forward to getting over there.

“I’m so excited and I can’t wait for it.”

The competition is set to be held at Cromer Park Sports Complex on Friday December 3 to Sunday December 5.