Talitta Dobbin (second from right) is a young inspiring footballer who comes from a mixed parentage of Manus, Central Province and Milne Bay.
She is one of the younger sister to Cecilia Dobbin who is also a footballer and plays with Talitta in the same team, one of the womens team currently taking part in the first ever Women’s National Soccer League in Port Moresby.
She has a backing up from sisters, Cecili, Cecilla, Caroline and Linda, all playing in the same team, Bizprint Angels. Talitta and her two sisters together with their cousins are also in the train on squad curently in preparation for the South Pacific Games coming up in August this year
Talitta started playing at an early age of 14 and two years later, she made herself known to football when she was selected to join the current national team, Telikom with cousin Linda Lucas.
She has taken part in the 2003 OFC Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Samoa which they did not make it into the finals. She also took part again in the Under 20 championships in Samoa in 2006 with sister Cecilia.
Her dreams is to continue to play football for her country and one day, be a professional footballer. She plans to build the code with youths when she steps aside and train upcoming girls who want to be known in the code.
Talitta is now 22 and currently looking after the Bizprints Angels backline. She is flexible to move from one corner to another and able to use both feet which some women dont do.
In a short interview after their game against Hekari United, she said she is glad to play the sport she loves. ” Its nice to have the Women’s National Soccer League started, as we need to build up our youths in football. ” Our team is just starting on a low note and developing slowly compared to our first few games, with players as young as 13″.
She believes in a few years time, their team will improve when the young players build confidence playing against the experienced players on the field. Head Coach Martin Mark said Talitta and her sisters are more likely to be in the squad for the Winter Olympics this year. “The Dobbin sisters play so well and I have not doubt they will be in the squad,” he said.