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Goal...Ruby Anderson says her big aim is to make the NZ women's team one day. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

by Chris Tobin

Ace striker Ruby Anderson has made another hit in football.

The 17-year-old Roncalli College pupil has been named in a New Zealand women’s under-20 training camp to be held in Auckland next month.

“I’m pretty stoked and shocked,” she said.

“I’m excited but it’s going to be harder. It will be a different level.”

However, rubbing shoulders with older players should not be too difficult for Anderson, since she has played for top team Dunedin Tech for three years in the Women’s Premier League.

She has been a member of the Southern United side for the same period. Southern played in a nationwide league competition against teams such as Canterbury United, Capital Football and Auckland Football.

Anderson started playing football aged 7, encouraged by her brothers and stepfather who were keen on the sport.

“I liked it and carried on.”

She turned out for Timaru City, then Hearts, Thistle, the Roncalli team and now Dunedin Tech, which has meant a lot of time spent on the road between Timaru and Dunedin.

For a time she moved to Dunedin on a scholarship, but opted to come back to Timaru.

“I travel down every Friday and play on a Saturday.”

Next year will be different.

“I’ll be going to the polytechnic in Dunedin to study applied science.”

As for her football, Anderson said she would love to make the New Zealand women’s team one day.

The Auckland training camp runs from October 12 to 15.