She may have a quiet demeanour, but “powerful” and “aggressive” are two words that come to Doug Sweetapple’s mind when he looks at Alicia Osmond’s play on the soccer pitch.
Osmond, 11-year-old daughter of Corner Brook’s Roanne and Ian Osmond, is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador U12 female soccer team. She, along with Corner Brook’s Sidney Joyce and Stephenville’s Cathy Morgan, are the only girls from western to earn a spot on the team after a tryout session held earlier this year on the east coast.
Sweetapple was pleased to see Osmond recognized for her efforts. He believes her physical strength combined with her ability to hold her own in the skills of the game bode well for her participation with the provincial team.
Being strong on the ball with no hesitation, it’s her maturity level that stands out, said Sweetapple. He believes Osmond has a good understanding of the game at a young age.
Osmond is able to read how the play is developing, he said, and can shut down a lot of attacks before counterattacking.
The J.J. Curling Elementary student has dabbled in basketball and volleyball at her school, but ranks kicking the ball around Wellington as her favourite activity.
“I am in other sports, but soccer is only the sport I love with all my heart,” Osmond said.
It was her first time trying to earn a spot on a provincial team in any sport. She had no idea what her chances would be when she made the decision to attend tryouts, but she’s glad she did. Representing her province is something special, she said.
“I was so happy when I found out,” she added. “It’s exciting to be on the team.”
As part of the team, there is a certain amount of hard work and commitment expected. This is particularly huge for the girls from the west coast who have to travel to St. John’s a handful of times over the winter for team training.
No big deal for Osmond. She’s excited about meeting new friends, playing soccer against better players and enjoying being part of a team.
She’s ready to show girls from the west can hold their own on the turf.