FOUR players from the Bendigo Pioneers have been rewarded for their fine seasons in the NAB League with selection in the Victoria Country under-19 squad for the upcoming National Championships.
Elizabeth Snell, captain Tara Slender, Jemma Finning and bottom age player Octavia Di Donata (emergency) have been named for the women's championships.
"It's fantastic for the girls to get this opportunity... they have all worked really hard on their craft and fitness," Pioneers coach Danny O'Bree said on Thursday.
"This goes to show that you get reward for effort and we wish the girls all the best."
Pioneers' talent operations lead Brooke Brown described the selection of the girls as an "outstanding achievement".
"They have worked hard on their skills and knowledge and they now get an opportunity at the next level," Brown said.
Vic Country fixture:
v Vic Metro (Friday, April 2 at Trevor Barker Oval).
v Allies (Monday, April 12 at Metricon Stadium).
v Western Australia (Thursday, April 15 at Metricon Stadium).
Meanwhile, the Pioneers girls will continue their NAB League season on Sunday where an opportunity for their second win of the season presents.
The Pioneers take on the Gippsland Power, which is yet to win a game, at Sandringham's Trevor Barker Beach Oval from 1.30pm.
"Gippsland is looking for its first win of the season, so they are going to be hungry. We will need our girls to be at their best this weekend if we are any chance of getting our second win," O'Bree said.
The Pioneers are coming off a one-point loss to the Dandenong Stingrays last weekend when inaccuracy proved costly.
B: L. Keck, J. Oborne, B. O'Rourke.
HB: L. Den Houting, L. Gregor, E. Bell.
C: K. Fullerton, J. Richardson, M. Elliott.
HF: C. Dorrity, M. Marks, N. Moore.
F: J. Douglass, T. Williams, T. Davidge.
R: F. Pearce, D. Ryan, O. Di Donato.
INTER: E. Gilligan, E. Cail, L. Moss, S. Orritt, S. Hooker, L. Painter.
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