Youth Girls battle at nationals

Bella Ayre trains with the Bendigo Pioneers U16 team. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Bella Ayre trains with the Bendigo Pioneers U16 team. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

DESPITE the Victorian Country Youth Girls team losing its first two matches at the National Championships, coach Tim Shearer says he is proud of how the team has performed. 

Five central Victorian players are in the team, including Bella Ayre, Ainslie Kemp, Kelly Shotton, Ruby Campbell and Alana Long. 

The Vic Country team played Queensland on Sunday, losing 1.6. (12) to 5.5 (35). 

On Monday the team faced Western Australia also losing 1.3. (9) to 11.6 (72).

Shearer said the girls continued to show good attitude and enthusiasm for the game. 

"We don’t have too many top age girls so we’re a little less experienced than the other sides in Divisions 1,” he said.

“But we can’t fault our girls in the way they have attacked the contest and supported each other.”

Shearer said key position player Bella Ayre was beginning to make her mark on the competition. 

“Bella suffered a pretty nasty ankle injury last week and has been icing it around the clock to make sure she could even take the field at the championships,” he said.

“Against Western Australia she was one of our best and probably took four contested marks playing in defence and in the ruck.”

Vic Country will play the undefeated Vic Metro team on Wednesday afternoon before playing off for third spot on Thursday. 

This year's Youth Girls championships are being played in Canberra. 

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