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September 09, 2017

World at her feet: Rebecca Webster has moved into the fast lane when it comes to her dreams of playing in the AFL Women's competition after selection into its under-18 All-Australian side.One to watch: Mooroopna ace Rebecca Webster is on a path to playing AFL Women's. The Murray Bushranger is also a member of the AFL Academy and is set for a bright future. Full story page 25.

Rebecca Webster is on a fast track to success in women’s football.

The Benalla teenager, who plays with Mooroopna in the SDJFL, has been included in the AFL Women’s under-18 All-Australian side.

Selection came after stirling performances for Victoria Country during the year, with the naming a surety following her showing on Saturday night.

Taking the field for Vic Country against the Allies in a precursor to the AFL Women’s match, Webster, 16, was named best-on-ground for her performance in the back line.

Having shut down her opponent as well as gaining plenty of the ball herself, she stood out on the big stage at Etihad Stadium.

The representative side was announced during half-time of the AFLW state of origin match, and Webster said the experience was surreal.

‘‘It was so great, it was amazing to be named, it was amazing, the atmosphere of the oval and the crowd,’’ she said

‘‘The older (AFLW) girls came for dinner that night as well so it was good to chat to them and I know a few of those girls.’’

Webster receives plenty of advice from Melbourne marquee player Daisy Pearce, with the Channel 7 commentator the auntie of Chloe Brain, one of Webster’s Murray Bushranger teammates.

‘‘She does (give me advice), it’s always good to see her and have a chat,’’ Webster said.

As someone who has been playing as a junior, she has been impressed with the way the standard has improved in local competition.

‘‘Absolutely, with more numbers participating (the standard has been better),’’ she said.

‘‘With the new girls coming in (to the new teams) they go to school together as well so they’ve already got a bond together and now they’re playing together.’’

Next year is Webster’s draft year, as she steps up her training in preparation for a hopeful inclusion into an AFLW side.

‘‘I’ll just continue to keep going from here, there’ll be no breaks so I keep up my fitness,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ll go to the gym about four times a week and probably do some boxing to keep me fit.’’

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