One last thing for Dyball to win

There isn’t a lot that New South Wales Combined High Schools player, Hannah Dyball hasn’t achieved in the sport at just the age of 17.

Dyball is an Elite Eight, State of Origin, Youth Trans Tasman and World Cup winner, all while still at school.

But there is one title she hasn’t claimed yet – a National Youth Championships title.

Dyball missed the NSWCHS 2014 National Youth Championships win due to New South Wales State of Origin Women’s Open commitments, but was part of the New South Wales Combined High Schools team that came a close second in both 2012 and 2013.

She is hopeful of helping to guide her team to back-to-back titles in 2015.

“I’m stoked to be back in the NSWCHS team, especially for my last ever school tournament.

“We’ve got a great bunch a girls with heaps of talent across the park so being able to win nationals with them would be an amazing achievement and one that I would hold in high regard.”

Dyball was part of the 2015 Australian Women’s World Cup winning team in May, making her Open’s debut at the event. She impressed at the tournament, receiving the Coaches Award at the Australian Awards ceremony following the event. 

“The World Cup experience for me was amazing not just for the involvement of it, but also being able to make my Women’s Open debut at such a remarkable event,” Dyball said.  

“At first I was a little worried at how I would handle it but the support and encouragement from the girls, coaches and my family made it all the more easier and enjoyable. Playing against countries such as Japan, South Africa and PNG was really cool along with being able to interact with nations I wouldn’t have thought to visit.”

In a busy first half of the year that has seen her play in a Youth Trans Tasman Series, Junior State Cup, Elite Eight Series and World Cup at the elite level, it’s hard to believe how she has fit it all in.

But she is taking it all in her stride.

“The past few years in regards to my sport have been quite overwhelming and sometimes I look back and wonder how I have managed to get through it all. However I am very proud and honoured to have been able to achieve everything that I have. I’m also very grateful to have been given the opportunity to achieve this at such a young age,” Dyball said.

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