Mieran shocked by Qld selection
GYMPIE soccer star Kirra Mieran took up the game at 12 years of age just because her brother wanted to play.
Now, two years later, she is about to play for Queensland in national competition.
Mieran received a letter in the post this week advising she had been selected in the Queensland Under 15 team, destined for Coffs Harbour come July, for the National Youth Championships.
The modest player, who happens to be the youngest member of the Gympie women’s Miners outfit, was floored by her selection.
“It’s my first time being selected in a Queensland team and I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Mieran said.
“I read the first paragraph of the letter thinking it would be (a rejection) but it said ‘congratulations’ and I had to read it a few times before it sunk in.”
In order to be selected as one of 16 to receive a Queensland jersey, Mieran joined 33 potential candidates for a training camp earlier this month in Cleveland, Brisbane.
The squad of 33 players was hand picked from the Queensland State Titles, where Mieran was a member of the winning Under 15 Wide Bay side.
Over three days in Brisbane, the soccer player was put through her paces in the camp.
“The whole process was a bit daunting,” Mieran said.
“There were lots of talented girls there and the skill level was extremely high.”
The camp consisted of training drills and a number of mock games, allowing Queensland team officials to evaluate each player.
Mieran, her own worst critic, didn’t feel as though she played all that well to warrant selection.
“It was nerve racking and I made a few mistakes, so I wasn’t all that sure I would be noticed,” she said.
But the women’s Miners representative, who plays centre forward, clearly did more than enough to receive the green light from selectors.
The Queensland team begins weekly training sessions in Cleveland immediately, but Mieran’s attendance is optional owing to the distance.
Mum Lisa, extremely proud of her daughter, said Kirra would attend a couple of the sessions while keeping her end of the bargain by following a training schedule to be supplied by Queensland team officials.
“She is training or playing six nights a week, so she is doing a lot already that will help her be in great shape,” Lisa said.
Mieran is excited just to be playing for Queensland, but beyond the nationals there is a possibility of Australian selection, although she is not thinking that far ahead.
Meanwhile, Miners star striker Rebekah Martin has been selected as a shadow player for the Queensland Under 17 squad, making it a selection double for Gympie after also receiving a surprise in the post.