Six Wild­cats in Bushies squad

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The Fin­ley Wild­cats’ dom­i­nance in the Shep­par­ton and Dis­tricts Ju­nior Foot­ball League Youth Girls com­pe­ti­tion has been re­flected in the Mur­ray Bushrangers’ se­lec­tion for their 2019 Girls Pre-Sea­son squad se­lec­tion.

Six premier­ship win­ning Wild­cats play­ers — Hay­ley Doohan, Theodora Miaoudis, Holly Robin­son, Kayla Smith, Abby Favell and Paris Cree­ley — have all been se­lected to train with the 46-per­son Bushies squad.

The girls were all nom­i­nated for the squad, be­ing picked out of a group of 150 girls to par­tic­i­pate in a trial game in Septem­ber.

The trial game saw 100 girls show­case their skills be­fore be­ing cut down to the squad of 46.

Wild­cats young-guns Olivia Cic­col­ini, Lily Sharp and Mikayla Jones were also se­lected for the Bushies Un­der 16s girls side.

Wild­cats coach Jorja Daniel said she was ex­tremely proud that nine of her play­ers had been tal­ent iden­ti­fied for the Bushies. ‘‘How good is it,’’ she said. ‘‘I could only nom­i­nate four girls at each age group so to have nine picked is just amaz­ing.

‘‘It was a good op­por­tu­nity just to send the girls to train and play but to have six se­lected amongst 110 of some of the best Un­der 18s foot­ballers is just un­be­liev­able.

‘‘To think that we only started the girls team two and a half years ago for these kind of re­sults is just mind blow­ing.

‘‘The squad will get cut down again be­fore the 2019 TAC Cup sea­son, but the girls should be proud of the fact that they’ve made it this far even if they don’t make the fi­nal cut.’’

Daniel will once again fill an as­sis­tant coach­ing role for the Bushrangers girls this year, with Wild­cats as­sis­tant coach Paul Evans also join­ing her.

The side will be coached by Tim Mad­den, with the girls hav­ing their first train­ing ses­sion as part of the squad at Wan­garatta on Sun­day.

Wild­cats premier­ship win­ning de­fender Theodora Miaoudis said the first train­ing ses­sion was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘At train­ing we did the ver­ti­cal leap, AFL agility test, 20m sprints, 3x500m time tri­als and a change of di­rec­tion test off each foot,’’ she said.

‘‘We also got an in­tro­duc­tion to what the pro­gramme is about, and in­tro­duced to the peo­ple that'll be help­ing us grow like the phys­io­ther­a­pist, devel­op­ment coaches, as­sis­tant coaches and high per­for­mance coaches.

‘‘Ever since the league was in­tro­duced I've dreamed of play­ing in the AFLW.

‘‘Hope­fully I can do enough in the pre­sea­son to earn a spot on the fi­nal play­ing squad with the Bushies and give my­self the best chance of be­ing drafted next year.’’

Fin­ley foot­baller Ben Ash­ley-Cooper has also been se­lected as part of the Mur­ray Bushrangers TAC Cup Un­der 18s train­ing squad.

A squad of 90 has been se­lected with the first train­ing be­ing held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18 at the Norm Minns Oval Wan­garatta.

Fin­ley Wild­cats se­lected for the Mur­ray Bushrangers (from left) Hay­ley Doohan, Theodora Miaoudis, Jorja Daniel (coach), Holly Robin­son and Lily Sharp. Ab­sent: Kayla Smith, Abby Favell, Paris Creely, Olivia Cic­col­ini and Mikayla Jones.

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