Rene Caris (Quantong/Horsham Saints FC) and Georgia Clarke (Branxholme/Ararat Storm FC) were both named in the Women’s Under 18 All-Australian squad of 50 players following the recently-completed NAB AFLW Under 18 National Championships in which both Caris, a ruckman in her first year of club football and Clarke, a versatile forward/midfielder who was a key member of the Ararat Storm’s premiership team in the Ballarat FNL’s Youth Girls competition in 2016, were standout performers for Victoria Country along with GWV Rebels teammate Sophie van de Heuvel (Ballarat Swans FC).
The Under 18 All-Australian squad will feature in a curtain-raiser match to the AFL Women’s All-Stars game that will be played in the AFL’s bye week before the commencement of the 2017 Toyota AFL Finals Series, after which time the final All-Australian team will be named.
Caris, who also plays Championship netball for the ACU Sovereigns in the Victorian Netball League, will be eligible for the 2017 AFL Women’s National Draft, whilst Clarke still has another year at TAC Cup Girls level with the GWV Rebels before her draft eligibility.
GWV Rebels Talent Manager Phil Partington was excited to hear of Caris and Clarke’s selection in the All-Australian squad.
“It’s a great reward for both Rene and Georgia, who were standouts not only for the Rebels this year, but also for Vic Country”, Partington commented.
“It’s a credit to the girls, their families and all that have helped the girls with their sporting aspirations thus far”.
The Greater Western Victoria Rebels finished the inaugural five-game TAC Cup Girls season with three wins and two losses in seventh spot on the TAC Cup Girls ladder.