Siena Baudana is used to being the only girl in the team – and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
The 11-year-old started playing football when she was six and most of the time she has been in boys teams.
“I enjoy playing against the boys. They kick the ball harder and provide more of a challenge,” she said.
“It’s just normal to play against the boys now. I have been doing it for so long.”
Siena, more commonly known as Fuzz, is the goalkeeper for the Macarthur Rams under-11 boys who participate in the Skills Acquisition Program –the highest level of football in NSW.
The Casula resident has been the teams goalkeeper for the last three years since moving to the “big goals” and applies her trade against the best players from across the state.
“I like using my hands; charging out and diving,” she said.
“I have always loved playing and kicking the ball around.”
The St Catherine of Siena Primary School pupil followed her sisters into the sport. When she is not on the football pitch, she can be found representing her school in Oztag, cross country and athletics.
But football is her first love.
Last month she went to Canberra to trial for the NSW Mackillop Catholic Primary Schools Team.
Siena was representing the Sydney Diocese and played against teams from all over NSW, including Wagga, Goulburn/Canberra, Parramatta and Wollongong.
Not only did the Sydney Diocese team go undefeated – they didn’t concede a goal; largely in part to Siena.
At the end of the tournament, she was then selected to feature in a possibles and probable game which her team won 2-1.
Her good form saw her selected for the NSWCPS Mackillop team which will travel to Kiama at the end of June to play at the NSW PSSA tournament.
“I was excited to be selected,” she said.
Siena aspires to play in the W League and to one day be the goalkeeper for the Matildas.
I enjoy playing against the boys. They kick the ball harder and provide more of a challenge. It’s just normal to play against the boys now. I have been doing it for so long.Siena Baudana