Larissa keeps striking gold
LARISSA Crummer may be only 15, but she is proof that if you're good enough, you're old enough.
The young striker from Tewantin was selected in the under-19 Australian Schoolgirls football team after impressing selectors with her recent performances at the national titles in Adelaide, where she netted six goals.
It is the second time the Kawana Waters State College Football School of Excellence student has been selected in the team.
Last year at the tender age of 14, she was brought into the side when the star of this year's women's World Cup, Caitlin Ford, was selected for the Matildas. Larissa said she was proud to be an Australian representative and looked forward to getting some more international games under her belt.
"I was stoked when I found out I got picked," she said.
"I'm really excited. It's so good to play for Australia."
Scoring goals seems second nature to Larissa, who put away 12 this season to help her club side, Peninsula Power, secure the premiership.
The side plays in the Brisbane Women's Premier League -the top tier of women's football in Queensland - a significant step up after playing in the under-14 Rebel representative league last year.
Larissa's mum, Vicki, said she was excited about her daughter playing at a high standard at such a young age and proud of her selection in the national team.
"Well, last year Larissa made it as a shadow, so we were hoping that she might get in again," she said.
"When they called her name, my husband and I were really proud. Watching Larissa play for Australia is just fantastic."
In January, Larissa and the team will have a three-week tour to England and Ireland, playing six games against other international teams.