Local talent will lead the Murray Bushrangers youth girls side this season.
Mooroopna team mates Millie Brown and Bec Webster are co-captains with both premier players in under age competition.
The pair are members of the AFLW academy, which will run alongside a similar program of the AFL Academy, which Shepparton United’s Zane Barzen is a part of.
While Webster plays for the Cats, the Benalla product has displayed solid performances on the big stage for Victoria Country and seems destined to find an AFLW home during this year’s draft.
Brown is making inroads despite being an under-age player, taking out the Bushies best-and-fairest award last year and named on the half-forward line for the opening match of the TAC Cup season.
After an unbeaten year in a five-round competition, the Bushrangers open this year’s extended season with a match against Calder Cannons.
Travelling to Yarrawonga, it will be a high class match against the Cannons, who also boasted a season without a loss.
But the brief round-robin season meant the two best sides did not clash in the 12-team competition, leaving them to square off tomorrow.
Shepparton Notre duo Grace Egan and Amy Duguid will be in the backline, with Egan looking to impress in TAC Cup football as she gears up for Richmond’s VFL women’s squad.
Duguid was one of the Bears’ most consistent performers in last year’s premiership winning season, with team mate and Victoria Country representative Sophie Damon taking her place as a power forward.
Rounding out the local talents is Mooroopna’s Tamara Smith and Northern Angels’ Tali Verhoeven who will make up the engine room of the side with Shepparton United’s Kate Adams also set to make an impact.