State glory for local duo
WHEN the time comes, Emerald's Tori Rouse will have a headache choosing which sport to thrive in.
An all-round athlete, Rouse has been selected in the Queensland under-18s basketball squad, two weeks after making her debut for the Capricorn Claws in the state netball league.
For the time being she will be able to play both sports but there will be a battle to secure her services one day.
The mantle to be next Laura Geitz or Lauren Jackson will be up for taking when the now 15-year-old fully establishes herself.
"They upload it on to the Basketball Queensland website and it was due to go up on the Friday but it didn't actually come out until the Sunday," Rouse said.
"So I spent all weekend refreshing it. But I was really excited. I guess I didn't think I would actually make the team, it was definitely a surprise.
"It does feel good and I am proud to be sought after in two sports; it is a nice feeling.
"I really don't know how I will chose if I have to. I love both sports.
"I have been playing netball for so long it is just a part of my life but basketball I have only been playing a short time so it is still new to me. I definitely do enjoy the freedom that you have of roaming the whole basketball court, not being isolated to one section."
Rouse floats between goal-attack and shooter in netball and small forward in basketball. She said her ability to read the play was a key component of her game.
"I read the play pretty well and that helps in different aspects for both sports. I am fairly fast around the court as well," she said.
"It is just really exciting as I don't have the opportunity to do this in Emerald and it is just good to get my name out there.
"I have to thank my aunty Aleisha Catip and all my coaches in Rockhampton, all of my Emerald netball coaches and Katrina Witham my Claws coach."
Alongside Rouse, is fellow basketballer Max Pickard who made the North Queensland under-17s Emerging squad.
Renowned for his hard work on court, Pickard said it was that which impressed the selectors so much.
"They knew how hard I had been working and the challenges being this far out in the bush can bring," the 15-year-old said.
"They said they could see my strong work ethic and said as long as I kept putting in the effort they were willing to back me.
"I jumped up and down for a bit when I found out, I was so happy.
"I have another crack at the state team again next year so I just need to continue to work hard and hopefully make that next step up."