MURRAY Bushrangers midfielder Julia Harvey will be out to make the most of her Victoria Country selection in next week’s Australian under-18 girls championships.
Harvey and Bushranger teammates Rebecca Webster and Millie Brown will line-up against Queensland in the opening round at Metricon Stadium on Monday.
“I made it two years ago and played in Melbourne and last year I just missed out,” Harvey, 18, said.
“I feel like I’ve performed fairly well for the Bushies which helped me get in the side.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Victoria Country will also take on NSW and Western Australia next week.
While Harvey is also a talented netballer and basketballer, she prefers Australian rules after growing up with a football in her hands following Tallangatta and District league club Barnawartha.
“I’ve always loved it,” she said.
“I used to run around as a kid at the Barny footy club running the water and doing the boundary.
“I got to kick the footy at quarter-time and half-time and things like that.
“That’s probably where it all started for me.”
Harvey understands better than most how much women’s football has exploded after she started playing for Wodonga Raiders under coach Ian McMullan in 2014.
Holbrook star Alyce Parker will lead the Eastern Allies side.
Finley’s Eloise Ashley-Cooper, Albury’s Kyra Jackson and Brea Quinlivan and Thurgoona’s Chelsea Hargreaves are also in the line-up.