The Central Victorian Football League Women's inter-league representative team will take on Northern Country on Sunday.
The team is made up of a mixture of 2018 players as well as some new additions.
The team will have Hamish Morcom as coach for the second year running.
"To have girls who have experienced the pressure of inter-league before and ready to step up to the plate is very valuable," Morcom said.
"This match will be a step up from the quality of football they have been playing throughout the year."
The 2018 CVFLW squad defeated Northern Country last year by 13 points at the QEO, the final scores were 6.3 (39) over 3.8 (26).
However, this year the CVFLW squad will travel to Shepparton for the game.
Morcom's focus is to reinforce the fundamental skills of football within the team.
"The team that can maintain the ball within their forward half and continue to put pressure on the back line is most likely to win games. Territory is such an important part of the women's game," Morcom said.
"It's all about getting long kicks down the line."
Even though he is the coach, Morcom always gives his squad the opportunity to come up with ideas on how they want to play the game.
"Rather than me telling them what I expect from them, it's essential to get their feedback and input," Morcom sad.
"Then they will able be able to gain more leadership attributes and develop further within the game."
One of the squad's players who will return for the second consecutive year is Kangaroo Flat footballer Molly Metcalf.
"We've got a pretty different team this year, but it's a new challenge and we're all ready for it," Metcalf said.
In comparison to the CVFLW which has six teams, the NCWL has eight teams to field players from.
"Their stocks are growing," Metcalf said. "Their league also spreads throughout a wider region."
North Central's strengths comes in the way of the squad fielding several former Thunder players.
However, Metcalf also played with the Thunder for two years, is the AFL Central Victoria female academy coordinator and the coach of the Roos' under-18 girls team.
To put it simply, Metcalf loves footy.
"As someone who started playing football a long time ago when there wasn't much interest in the women's game," Metcalf said.
"It's fantastic to now see it grow to this and to have such strong pathways for girls to play women's football in Bendigo."
The match will be played at 1pm on Sunday at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton.
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