Benalla’s Becky Webster’s star is rising after a best-on-ground performance in the under-18 state of origin football match.
Webster, 16, played at half-back for the winning Victoria side in the youth match — a curtain-raiser to the NAB AFLW State of Origin game between Victoria and the Allies on September 2.
Victoria secured a 10-point win at Etihad Stadium in front of what Webster said was the biggest crowd she had played in front of.
Webster, who plays for the Murray Bushrangers, was named in the 54-player All-Australian squad last month after a stellar performance for Victoria Country this season.
She was joined in the Victorian squad by Bushrangers teammate Iilish Ross, who also played in the backline for the state of origin match.
‘‘I played last year in an exhibition game at Whitten Oval, which was kind of similar, but the experience of playing on the ground was amazing, and the atmosphere,’’ Webster said.
‘‘I reckon there was at least 1000 people there to watch. I got my friends and family down and they were all supporting Victoria.’’
Webster’s Victoria Country teammate Darcy Guttridge was named captain of the women’s under-18 All-Australian team following the match.
Webster said she would soon return to training in the summer heat for the Bushrangers.
‘‘So that’s the last of the footy for now, and I’ll start pre-season again soon for the Murray Bushrangers in November,’’ she said.
‘‘I have one more year before I’m eligible for the draft (into professional footy) ... I’d like to play for a Victorian side if I had the chance. I go for the Doggies (Western Bulldogs), so that’d be pretty amazing if I were to play for them.’’
Vic Country’s Lucy McEvoy and Queensland’s Tarni White were the only 16-year-olds to make the All-Australian youth side.