BENDIGO water polo champion Lily Pridham will lead Victoria into battle at the interstate East Coast Challenge next month.
The talented teenager has been named captain of the under-14 state squad that flies to Adelaide on July 9 to take on the best young players from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.
It is the third time Pridham has been selected in the Victorian team and her last appearance at the elite meet before moving up to under-16s next year.
The 14-year-old has been in scintillating form throughout 2014.
Playing for Essendon at the national under-14 club championships in April, she took out the award for the equal highest individual goal scorer after finding the net 32 times in eight matches.
Pridham's performance earned her an invitation to a national under-16 training camp in Melbourne, where she worked with and impressed Australian junior coach Pedrag Mihailovic.
But she has to wait until 2016 to be eligible for the under-16 Aussie team that competes in the Pan Pacific Championships.
The Catholic College Bendigo student will be in action next Tuesday, when she dives into the pool for Essendon in the Victorian open women's state league division one grand final.
She will then take part in the under-16 club national titles in Canberra in September, before the Bendigo water polo summer season resumes.