FORMER Ballarat Lady Red Devils player Kyra-Cooney-Cross has continued to impress some of the best in the business, being selected to join the under-17 Matildas camp at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Cooney-Cross was a part of the Victorian under-15 side which took out the girls National Youth Championships at Coffs Harbour over the weekend.
The 14-year-old, who now lives in Geelong, moved to Ballarat from the Northern Territory and played two seasons with the Lady Red Devils in 2013 and 2014.
The forward was invited back to play for the Eureka Strikers late last year for the club’s exhibition match against W-League side Melbourne City.
Strikers coach Laura Brady described Cooney-Cross as the most gifted junior she had ever worked with, and said the youngster had already caught the eye of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic.
“She’s quick, she’s creative, she makes good decisions, she’s confident, and most importantly, she’s really coachable,” Brady said. “There’s lots who are good but not everyone gets better.”