Riley takes home gold - and a place in the All Australian Schoolgirls Team

Taking home gold from a national tournament is a big enough accomplishment on its own.

But add an invitation to play in an Australian team and you have extra reason to cheer.

Just ask Busselton teenager Riley Culnane who was part of the victorious WA side that finished on top of the ladder at this years School Sport Australia 15 and Under Netball Championship.

It was the first time in 28 years that the WA under-15 team had won the national event, and a number of its best and brightest players caught the attention of selectors.

At the carnival’s closing ceremony, Culnane was one of four WA talents named in the All Australian Schoolgirls Team that will tour Fiji next year.

“It was a good week that,” she said.

A shining light on the junior netball scene, Culnane said her inclusion in the national team was a “bonus to the whole competition.”

“It’s not every day that you do get to achieve a goal so when you do, you get a good feeling about it,” she said.

A promising star of her sport, the 15-year-old South West Academy of Sport athlete has been enjoying success on the netball court for several years.

Not only did she compete as part of this years under-15 School Sport WA team in Adelaide, but she was also part of the squad that contested the event in Sydney last year. The St Mary MacKillop College student has also previously represented the state in an under-12 side.

Culnane, who hopes to one day play for the West Coast Fever or Western Sting, says her achievements so far are “little stepping stones up to the big leagues.”