It was a busy weekend for Ararat's next generation of football stars.
Ella Wood won big at the Greater Western Victoria Rebels awards night, while her Storm and Rebels teammate Isabella Simmons put in an impressive performance for the Vic Country under-18 side the following day.
Wood was adjudged to be the Rebels' second best and fairest.
GWV Rebels female coordinator Krista Woodroofe said the award was a fitting conclusion to Wood's season.
"It's a good way to finish the season and make sure that these girls have the opportunity to get up in front of everyone and be acknowledged," she said.
"It's really important to make sure at awards nights that it's just not about the best players, but also those that show those exemplary behaviours that we're trying to support to help them grow as individuals."
Wood was joined on the awards-winners list by Horsham-based pair Nekaela Butler and Maggie Caris, who won the Rebels' third best and fairest and the NAB League MVP, respectively.
"From the Wimmera, there are a lot of girls who are not just showing immense talent while playing on the field, but also with their leadership," Woodroofe said.
"For such young players, it's exciting to see how good they are individually and in a team environment."
Caris lined up alongside Isabella Simmons in Vic Country's 44-point loss against Vic Metro in the first match of the 2019 AFL Women's under-18 Championships at the weekend.
Simmons struggled to impact the result against a strong Metro team but kicked one of her side's four goals.
Caris was named among the best for her performance in the ruck in the 10.10 (70) to 4.2 (26) defeat.
Woodroofe said the Vic Country selection was a reward for the girls' work in the Rebels environment.
"It's fantastic to see how many girls are being acknowledged and it's a bit of a tick and cross situation for us as a club to see that we're providing a program that allows these girls to develop both in football and off the field as well," she said.
Wood is also a member of the under-18 squad but didn't play at the weekend.
Vic Country travels to the Gold Coast in early July for games against Queensland, Western Australia and the Eastern Allies.
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