Maitland Saint Taylor Quinton-Widi named in NSW under-18 team for national championships

DYNAMIC: Maitland Saints midfielder Taylor Quinton-Widi put in a best-on-the-ground performance for the Saints against Cardiff on the weekend. Picture: RICK MERRICK
DYNAMIC: Maitland Saints midfielder Taylor Quinton-Widi put in a best-on-the-ground performance for the Saints against Cardiff on the weekend. Picture: RICK MERRICK

Maitland Saints midfielder Taylor Quinton-Widi has been chosen to play for NSW in the AFL Women's Under-18 National Championships in Melbourne.

The dynamic midfielder, who is part of the Sydney Swans Northern Academy,  was selected for the May titles after trial games with the Swans earlier this year.

Quinton-Widi said it was a thrill to be selected and she was looking forward to visiting Melbourne for the first time and experiencing the atmosphere of the AFL-mad city.

She said she had a stressful preparation for her last game with the Swans Academy.

“I had five minutes to prepare myself for my last game. I just managed to get there on time because my car wasn’t playing up,” she said.

“The coach said to just try to relax and I went out there and just tried to play as well as I could.”

Quinton-Widi’s running game and aggression at the ball are her strengths.

“When I get the metres, the space to run I’m at my best,” she said.

“I love the defensive side of the game and winning my own ball as well.

“I can kick goals, but if you put me in forward area I can’t kick goals to save my life.”

Quinton-Widi has been given the role of an offensive half-back in her Swans games and expects a similar role with the NSW under-18 team.

A former Queenslander, she said it was going to be strange playing against old teammates but she was looking forward to it.

“I was at the Gold Coast Suns, so there will be girls I played with in the Queensland team,” she said.