Spacie debuts for Aussies
GYMPIE touch sensation Sarah Spacie has continued her international dominance, representing the Australian women's touch side in New Zealand last month.
The competition was Spacie's debut for the Australian women's team.
Spacie has played for the Australian mixed team for the past four years, including a highlight of winning the World Cup in 2011 at Scotland.
Standing out to selectors at a training camp in November last year, Spacie was asked to play for the Australian women's side.
The Gympie prodigy said she wanted a change after four years of Australian mixed touch and decided to hone her skills in the more competitive women's game
After training with the women's team in the lead up to the carnival, the Australian teams departed for New Zealand on February 9.
The 12 Australian squads consisted of mixed, women, and men's teams in their respective brackets of youth, masters and open.
Winning the Trans Tasman Cup on home turf in New South Wales last year, the Australian teams were confident they could pull a win from their New Zealand rivals.
Spacie said the competition was much harder than originally expected.
"The New Zealand teams have really improved over the last couple of years, creating tough competition for the carnival," she said.
"We had a really young team but we handled the pressure and won all three games."
Australia was unfortunate to not win the overall series, losing in the masters and opens divisions.
Sarah's father Glen said her team was a young side, mixed with a few experienced women.
"Luckily the team came together and played with great determination and pride donning their Aussie colours," he said.
The Australian teams need to regroup before next year's Trans Tasman competition to be held in Mudgee in New South Wales.
Spacie said she was determined to be part of the 2015 world cup, to be held in Australia, hoping to keep training well and impress selectors in coming years.