13/2/2015 - I can’t wait to see how far I can go’: D’Aquino to challenge herself at NSW trials

COUNTRY GIRL: Nikki D'Aquino will represent NSW Country this weekend, trialling for the NSW Sevens under 18 team. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0212mfrugby2COUNTRY GIRL: Nikki D’Aquino will represent NSW Country this weekend, trialling for the NSW Sevens under 18 team. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0212mfrugby2

ORANGE Emus Chicks halfback Nikki D’Aquino only took up rugby 10 months ago, and said she hadn’t dared dream about representing NSW Country for some time.

But at just 17 years old, with less than a year of rugby under her belt, she’ll do just that today at the NSW Sevens under 18 trials at the Sydney Academy of Sport, in Narrabeen.

D’Aquino and her NSW Country teammates will take on another NSW Country side, as well two NSW Metropolitan teams today and tomorrow, with players vying for a spot in the NSW side to compete at the  National Youth Sevens Championships, at the same venue at the end of the month.

“It’s just a trial, and the two NSW sides they pick, blue and white, will go to nationals,” D’Aquino said.

“I think we play two games (today), and then another two (tomorrow). I’m just going down to have a stab and see how I go.

“There will be AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) testing as well I think, like fitness and that kind of thing, which is very tough.

“I’m just stoked to have gotten to where I am now in such a short space of time, if I get picked I’ll be even more stoked.”

D’Aquino starred for Emus last year in the Blowes Clothing Cup women’s competition, and with a wealth of experience in Group 10 women’s league tag and touch football Emus coach Amanda Ferguson convinced her to trial for higher honours.

“I got a call saying there was trials at (Endeavour Oval), so I thought I’d go down and have a crack,” D’Aquino said.

“I got picked, which I was really happy with. I’m going to trial for Central West now in 15s as well.”

D’Aquino said the chance to break into the NSW side is something she isn’t expecting this year, but the chance to trial has given her a new found motivation.

“I’m 17 now, and this would be my only year in 18s,” she said.

“But even if I don’t make it I’ll use this as a building block to the opens team next year. I love rugby, and I’ve come this far so quickly, I can’t wait to see how far I can go if I really put my mind to it.”

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2882102/i-cant-wait-to-see-how-far-i-can-go-daquino-to-challenge-herself-at-nsw-trials/?cs=104

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