IT HAS been a busy season on the football field for three budding Aussie Rules stars at St Francis College.
Makayla Jones, Coopa Steele and Abby Favell have each been flexing their muscle in several representative teams, showing they could have the ability to one day play the sport they love so much professionally.
Makayla and Abby both played women's Aussie Rules with the Murray Bushrangers, with Makayla then selected in the under 16s NSW/ACT Rams side.
"We went to Melbourne and played VIC Metro, we only played the one game," Makayla said.
"Against them we only lost by two goals, which is pretty good."
Makayla usually plays on ball and centre-half forward.
The season with the Bushrangers finished in May, with Makayla playing in both the under 16s and under 18s teams. Pre-season for the Bushrangers starts up again in October.
Abby has also had a good run, having been selected in the under 18s NSW team, which played two games in Sydney. From there the Allies side was chosen, which featured girls from NSW and Tasmania. Abby and fellow Leeton footballer Paris Crelley were chosen in this team.
With this side the pair played in the national competition on the Gold Coast. Both Makayla and Abby hope to continue building on their skills as the code for young women continues to grow stronger.
Coopa has also had a big season, not only impressing as one of Leeton-Whitton's young guns, but also at a higher level thanks to the under 18s Giants Academy that he was selected in earlier this year. He has played three games with the Giants in the NAB League this season.
"Since then there was a 'futures' game, which is under 17s ... so I was selected in that," Coopa said. "I played with the 17s Giants against the 17s Swans and from that they picked a NSW/ACT Rams team, which I was lucky enough to be selected in."
That side also played at the Gold Coast in early July against Queensland.
Coopa also played with the NSW/ACT side in Melbourne on the weekend against VIC Country.
"I'm really loving the challenge it's provided me with and it gives me something to focus on," the 17-year-old said.
"I definitely still want to play professionally one day. It's just little steps at a time."
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