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Don’t mess with me: Sixteen-year-old Molly Kennedy Warialda rugby prodigy has been selected in the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team U17s girls squad.
Nanjing Night Net

SIXTEEN-year-old Molly Kennedy has been making waves in the rugby union sevens community.

Kennedy started playing rugby two years ago in Year 8 at her school in Warialda.

Currently in Year 10, and part of the Waratah 7s squad, she traveled to Tamworth earlier this month to play in the inauguralLloyd McDermott U17 Indigenous Sevens National Championships.

“On Saturday we had to play four games plus the finals,” Kennedy said.

“We versed two Queensland sides and two remaining New South Wales Sides.

“I was lucky enough to be put into the top NSW side for the tournament.”

To add to her growing list of achievements at such a young age,Kennedy was picked inthe Australian Indigenous squad, from which the side to contest the National Championshipswill be finalised,and said having a familiar face of encouragement helped her perform at her peak.

“Dale Beattie was coaching one of the other NSW teams,” she said.

“He is my school coach so he was telling me I could do it and he believed in me from the start.”

Her next feat will be at the Central Coast 7s competition and thenPerth for the Nationals in December.

Beattie will assist her in training each Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday while Kennedy is left to train herself on the remaining days.

“I was shocked to make the team but proud at the same time. It was very special and still hasn’t sunk in that I’m going to be representing my country and home town of Warialda.

“As my name got called out all I could think was ‘all the hard training is paying off’,” Kennedysaid.

After competing in a NIAS tournament at Newcastle in April, Kennedy was asked by the head coach of NSW rugby to join the NSW Blue Bells Program.

“I cried when my coach told me,” she said.

“I was blown away. Since then I have traveled to Sydney twice to attended four hour training runs.”

Kennedy’s ultimate dream is to one day wear green and gold whilst playing rugby, along side some of her idols.

“It’s every kids dream to go to the Olympics and I hope one day I can make it,” she said.

“I would just like to thank everyone who has been on this journey with me.I can’t thank my parents enough for always getting me to tournaments and to training runs.

“And to our coach Dale Beattie for never giving up on us, he pushes us so hard at training and it pays off.”

Barraba’s Zoe Darlington was also successful in gaining selection in the girls squad while Tamworth’s Dylan Clarke made the boys squad.

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