Tiny now a big success: state spot at 11

On the ball: Tara Baudana has made the NSW Catholic Primary Schools team. Picture: Simon Bennett

On the ball: Tara Baudana has made the NSW Catholic Primary Schools team. Picture: Simon Bennett

THERE is something big brewing for Tara Baudana.

The Casula soccer sensation has been selected in the NSW Catholic Primary Schools team.

And that's just the start for the 11-year-old — more commonly known as Tiny.

The St Catherine of Siena Primary School pupil plays in the under-13s Marconi Stallions Premier League team.

That's right: under-13s. It's the second year she has played two years above her age group in the highest level for female soccer in NSW.

But that doesn't faze the striker, who has been playing the sport for six years.

"I like competing and fighting for the ball; it doesn't matter how big or old the other players are," she said.

"I started playing with my sister in the backyard and I have loved the game ever since."

The next step on her soccer journey is Nelson Bay where she will play for a position in the NSW All Schools team at the end of June.

"I'm looking forward to it.

"I can't wait to get out there and play.

"I just love playing the game," said Tara, who names recently retired Wanderers star Catherine Cannulli as her idol.

"I like that soccer is a team sport and you can meet new friends."

She has also represented her school at the state level in cross country and athletics.

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