Red Bend allumni plays Oz-Tag in NZ

TAG TIME: Dubbo’s Rikka Lamb-Lane departed for New Zealand last Thursday to compete in the Oceania Cup. PAIGE WILLIAMSFormer Red Bend College student,Rikka Lamb-Lane, travelled to New Zealand last week to play sport at the highest level for the second time in two years.
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The athleterepresentedAustralia in theUnder-21’s Indigenous Oztag side at the Oceania Cup.

It caps a rapid rise in the sport for Lamb-Lane, who had hardly played the sport seriously before linking up with Dubbo CYMS in the 2016 Group 11 League Tag competition.

“I played a lot of netball and last year went over to New Zealand and played in an international carnival but in the next few years I’m hoping to take on more football and give netball a bit of a break,” she said.

She was selected forthe Indigenous Under-21’s side early in the year, and Lamb-Lane ever since then has trained regularly while also paying close attention to nutrition and her fitness.

STARRING ROLE: Rikka Lamb-Lane was a standout for Dubbo CYMS during the 2016 Group 11 League Tag season. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

The Group 11 gun was one of only a few country-based players in the national side and while the standard has been a big step up, it hasn’t been too much for Lamb-Lane.

“Playing here all year with CYMS in the G11 competition, it’s totally different competition down there. It’s a lot faster but the trials were good and it all worked out well,” she said.

“I was pretty happy with the results and everything that’s panned out.”

While Lamb-Lane was selected in the under-21s, the side took part on the open division of the Oceania Cup, whichranfor three days from Friday, 2nd Decemberto Sunday, 4thDecember.

This means the local young gun not only tookon players her own age, but some who have been playing the sport for far longer than she has.

Before leaving for New Zealand, she said, “It will be harder playing there than it will be here.”

“There is a lot of talented players out there but I’m just looking forward to the experience and also picking up some skills that I can bring back here. 21’s compete in opens so we’ll play a lotof experienced adults and it will be good to see some of the talent there and have the whole experience,” she said.

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