Seven Ararat female footballers represented the AFL Goldfields in the annual Bob Davis Cup against AFL Barwon in Lara on Wednesday.
Miranda Holden and Isabella Simmons were selected in the under-15 girls team while Ella Wood, Ayesha Nicholson, Meghan Wick, Nekaela Butler and Lauren Sykes made the cut in the under-18 youth girls team.
The under-18 team looked like it was up for the fight early on against Barwon before the home team pulled away on the scoreboard.
The home team increased the margin on the scoreboard as the game went on with the Barwon team eventually finishing the match comfortable 31-point winners.
Ararat Storm player Nekaela Butler top scored in the match with three goals while teammates Wood and Wick also chimed in on the scoreboard with one major each.
Carisbrook’s Lauren Butler was named the best on ground in the 11.11.77 to 7.4.46 loss.
Wood also impressed, named second best on ground to continue her improvement on the football field.
The under-15 team fought hard but looked up against it from the start against a strong Barwon team.
Barwon jumped out to a 26-point lead at half time and were never threatened in the second half.
The visitors struggled to get the game on their terms and found themselves behind at the final siren, losing to the Barwon team by 20 points.
Holden was one of four goal kickers for the Goldfields, finishing with one goal.
Creswick’s Georgia Joynson was named best on ground for the Goldfields team in the 5.4.34 to 10.8.68 loss.
All five under-18 players are likely to back up for the Storm against the Lakers in the Ballarat Football League Youth Girls round 10 match on Sunday at Great Western.
Storm coach Krystal Cameron said it was important for players to continue striving to play in these interleague games.
“It is hugely important, the girls who are playing those games deserve to play in them,” she said.
“From all accounts, they represented the Storm really well and individually stood out during games as well.
“For a lot of them, they want to go on and play higher level football.
“So confidence wise and skill wise, for them to play in those big games is important to see where they can improve and also where they are strong as well.”