The Murray Bushrangers have named a talented squad of 71 girls to compete for spots at under-18 and under-16 level for the 2020 season.
Some 180 players from across the North-East/Border, Goulburn Murray and Southern NSW regions were nominated by their coaches, 100 of which participated in AFLW fitness testing components and skills sessions in Wangaratta last week.
Murray Bushrangers female talent coordinator Briana Cossar was delighted with the response.
"It's fantastic to see so many talented young female footballers emerging within our regions due to the continued growth of female AFL football," Cossar said.
"The talent pool is growing at a rapid rate and players are emerging at younger ages, making selection of the pre-season squad more difficult.
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"We are extremely fortunate to have such quality people part of our program who volunteer their time and are all passionate and committed to the development of footballers participating in our elite program.
"The satisfaction we all get from watching young athletes develop, not only as footballers, but more importantly as individuals within our community is enormous and we're really excited with the exceptional talent of our 2020 group."
Among the region's players of interest for the pre-season are basketballer turned footballer Olivia Barber (Lavington) and Alpine Lions' Sophia McCarthy.
The pre-season squad of 71 players will train twice a week at Wangaratta's Cathedral College.
The Murray Bushrangers under-18 and under-16 girls squad is: Kate Adams (Shepp United), Areaka Bamblett (Shepp United), Olivia Barber (Lavington), Jacky Beale (Lavington), Ash Bedwell (Tatura), Kasey Boschetti (Shepp United), Sophie Boyle (Benalla Giants), Yasmine Budic (Murray Felines), Renee Cawood (Alpine Lions), Tia Charles (Thurgoona), Olivia Cicolini (Finley), Madison Cronin (Benalla Saints), Ruby Davies (Shepp United), Lucy Dawe (Seymour), Elissa Down (Shepp United), Jesse Elias (Thurgoona), Abby Favell (Leeton-Whitton), Bella Fielder (Lavington), Abbi Fielder (Lavington), Asha Foubister (Mansfield), Mani Foubister (Benalla Saints), Caitlin Gogoll (Lavington), Madison Gray (Benalla Saints), Tayissa Gray (Benalla Saints), Mietta Habets (Murray Felines), Zara Hamilton (Wagga Tigers), Courtney Hartley (Lavington), Grace Hay (Lavington), Holli Jones (Leeton-Whitton), Mikayla Jones (Leeton-Whitton), Molly Kennedy (Shepp United), Meg Kirkwood (Lavington), Kaylea Kobzan (Wodonga Raiders), Sinead Lang (Alpine Lions), Sarah Lange-Richards (Tatura), India Lehman (Queanbeyan), Mackenzie Lewis (Murray Felines), Chloe Locke (Seymour), Ava Loughnan (Yarrawonga), Matilda Lyons (Myrtleford), Cassidy Mailer (Alpine Lions), Kaysee Maples (Alpine Lions), Sophia McCarthy (Alpine Lions), Kloe McElhinney (Wodonga Raiders), Olivia Moll (Benalla Bulldogs), Ally Morphett (East Wagga), Emily Nicholson (Murray Felines), Sophie Nicholson (Murray Felines), Tommi Norman (Wangaratta Rovers), Ashleigh Pimlott (Shepparton Notre), Cody Power (Northern Angels), Sam Pritchard (Benalla Saints), Gabrielle Pryde (Shepparton Notre), Monique Purchase (Seymour), Mindy Quade (East Wagga), Charlotte Rainbird (Lavington), Tailah Rennie (Tatura), Santina Rossignuolo (Shepp United), Tayla Sampson (Yarrawonga), Skylar Sanders (Lavington), Lily Sharp (Finley), Keeley Skepper (Benalla Saints), Aurora Smith (Shepp United), Zali Spencer (Murray Felines), Mia Spiteri (Yarrawonga), Isabella Symes (Benalla Saints), Meg Todhunter (Wodonga Raiders), Alice Voss (Lavington), Kristy Whitehead (Alpine Lions), Natasha Wilson (Thurgoona) and Laura Zanin (Yarrawonga).