Figtree's Mia Evans was just days away from realising a childhood dream of representing her state.
The South Coast Blaze goal attack and her NSW under 17s teammates had arrived in Tasmania and started preparations for the National Championships.
Then the latest COVID outbreak happened. The competition was cancelled and Evans was on a plane home before the borders closed.
It was a bittersweet moment for the 16-year-old.
"Originally I wasn't selected for it. I made the NSW emerging talent team then, three weeks before the competition, I received the phone call to come into the team because a player was injured," Evans said.
"I was very excited, it meant everything. I've dreamed of playing in the NSW dress since I was a little girl and going out on court with my teammates.
"We then flew down to Hobart early to quarantine. And then receiving news of the cancellation was devastating. But I'm staying motivated and can't wait to get back on the court with the girls."
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