Four Wimmera girls have been selected in a 25-player interleague squad to take on an AFL Goldfields team on Thursday, creating a small piece of history.
Stawell's Crystal Summers and Elysia Musgrove, Horsham Demon Nekaela Butler and Horsham Saint Kayetlan Harris will represent the Deakin University Female Football League at Mortlake on Thursday afternoon.
It is the first ever interleague side to represent the DUFFL since its inception in 2017.
The team will be co-coached by Hamilton's Fraser Robinson and Stuart Casey, coming together at late-notice.
"Goldfields wanted a match so we put a team together. They haven't had any training runs together but it is a pretty talented group of girls we have," Robinson said.
Despite a lack of preparation, Robinson said it is an exciting prospect to have a team representing the DUFFL.
"It is a great way for the girls to step up to the next level," he said.
"There are a few girls in the team who have not played Rebels so wouldn't have experienced representative football before. It will be a great chance for them to have a taste of it."
Ten of the league's 11 clubs are represented in the team.
Robinson said the match against AFL Goldfields, which has had an established youth girls football side for a considerable amount of time, will be a good measure to see where the DUFFL is at.
"It will be a great challenge for the girls to further their football experience and for the league to see how we stack up against what I would expect is a pretty strong Goldfields team," he said.
Robinson also said the match will be a good opportunity for players from different regions within the league to learn from one another.
"You can make strong bonds in teams like this so I'm sure all the girls will pick up a lot," he said.
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