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Talented teen scoring goals

Megan Castle has been rewarded for her early season goal scoring feats by gaining selection in the NSW Country under 15s team that will compete at the Westfield nationals in Coffs Harbour, from July 15-19.

“It is very exciting as I have trained and worked so hard to have the opportunity to do this,” Castle said. 

The former Tumut Eagle has been impressive for the Wagga City Wanderers in the under 17s National Premier League, ACT competition, finding the back of the net 16 times from just seven matches. 

These 16 goals have Castle placed at the top of the pile for goal scoring in the 2019 representative competition, an impressive accomplishment when considering she is playing up an age group.

“It’s challenging (playing up) but I find it better because it’s tougher,” she said.

Wanderers under 17s coach Sam Gray could not speak for more highly of the Tumut star.

“She has come on board, she listens and takes it on all in her stride,” he said.

“She is performing very well with 16 goals in seven matches – what more could you ask for?”

Gray didn’t want to focus on her goal scoring achievements though and looked to another area of Castle’s game that has her leaps and bounds ahead of other kids her age.

“Megan has a team first mentality and in regards to that part of her game, she is playing well above her age,” he said.

“That attribute just cannot be emphasised enough.”

The representative coach believes Castle’s dedication to the sport is a big reason behind her recent success on the pitch.

“Megan’s commitment to training is phenomenal with the family travelling 400km a week just for training, not to including that her home games are in Wagga Wagga and away games in Canberra,” he said.

This recent success on the pitch just highlights a football resume that is building up nicely for the Tumut High School student.

Castle, who just returned home from representative honours, had been competing in Sydney from July 5-7, representing the Riverina open girls side at Kareela Park.

The striker then travelled to Tuggeranong on Saturday, scoring four goals for the Wanderers under 17s in their 11-nil victory over Tuggeranong before backing up in reserves and scoring two more in their three-nil victory.

Prior to this, Castle was a member of the Wanderers’ under 16s side that won the Country Cup in April 2019 and saw her again on top of the goal scoring list.

Arguably, Castle’s most impressive statistic is her involvement with the Wanderers women’s first grade side in the NPL ACT competition.

At only 15, the prodigious talent has seven caps to her name and scored her first top grade goal when she hit the back of the net against Canberra Olympic on June 2.

“It felt good (scoring) because I’d had so many close opportunities in the first grade and it felt good to score against stronger opposition,” she said. 

These are just stepping-stones in the football tragic’s grand plan though. 

“I want to play for the Matildas when I am older,” she said.

The 15-year-old isn’t just a success on the pitch either and offers up her own time umpiring for her junior club.

“It’s a good way to earn some money and for me to learn more of the game from a different perspective”, she said.

This involvement as umpire saw Football Wagga Wagga ask Castle to line the 2018 women’s grand final, which saw the then 14-year-old kitted up with a uniform and microphone in the important fixture.

Castle will now set her sites for her representative playing honours with the Wanderers and NSW Country as a busy period of football continues for the young star.