BENDIGO Thunder midfielder Grace Campbell has been named Victorian Women's Football League player of the month for June.
The 18-year-old is in her first season of senior footy, having made the transition after being a dominant player for several years in the Bendigo youth girls competition.
She has played six games for Thunder in 2014 and been among her side's best on three occasions, despite the team suffering a series of huge defeats.
Campbell was also among the best players for Victoria Country's under-21 squad that played against Vic Metro in early June.
The award is run in conjunction with the Melbourne Football Club and recognises stars of the game who have also made a contribution off the field.
The talented and highly skilled young gun is the AFL Victoria-Bendigo Advertiser female football ambassador for this region, writing a fortnightly column for the newspaper and promoting football for women and girls across central Victoria.
Thunder president Beth Taylor said the club was extremely proud of Campbell.
"Grace really deserves this award," she said.
"She has shown great leadership and commitment, not only to Thunder but to women's football in Bendigo in general."
Campbell is the second monthly nominee for the VWFL Player of the Year award, which will be announced at the league presentation night.
She said she was surprised to win the award, as she didn't even know it existed.
The Bendigo Advertiser is Campbell's player-sponsor and congratulates her on her latest achievement.