Youth in national spotlight

FIVE central Victorian footballers have been selected to play in the AFL National Youth Girls Championships.

Kerang’s Isabella Ayre, Kyneton’s Ainslie Kemp, Rochester teen Kelly Shotton and Bendigo duo Ruby Campbell and Alana Long were named in the squad of 27 to represent Victoria Country.

Echuca’s Alyx Glanville and fifteen-year-old Chonlathorn Meemusour from Newstead have been named as emergencies.

Players have also been selected from Swan Hill, Ballarat and Geelong.

The exciting young players will take on the best youth players from across the country at the national championships next month.

AFL Female Development manager Chyloe Kurdas tipped big things for Ayre.

The 16-year-old trains regularly with the Bendigo Bank Pioneers under-16’s team.

Kurdas said Ayre would lead the way at the national titles.

“Bella was one of the surprise packets at last year’s championships playing as a key forward and has worked tirelessly over the off-season to make sure she has a bumper tournament this time around,” she said.

Victoria Country will have its final hit-out before the championships against defending champions Victoria Metro on Anzac Day before they fly to Canberra for the week-long carnival.

The championships will run between May 4 and 9 in Canberra. 

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