With only a few weeks to go until the AFLW national draft, Ararat's Ella Wood has one more hurdle to get through.
At the completion of her VFLW season at the Western Bulldogs, Wood's training has turned solely into preparing for the AFL draft combine.
Running players through their paces between October 1-3, Wood will be put up against the best in the nation as selectors eye off who would be a good suit for their clubs.
Wood, who trains about ten hours a week for football and fitness said she was nervous, but also excited for the combine.
"It's pretty full-on," she said. "I have dedicated training sessions with the Rebels which focuses on fine-tuning our skills ready for the combine.
"I'm a pretty nervous person so I'm just trying to keep it low key and go out there and do my best."
Starting her football career at Tatyoon, Wood's 2019 season has been "surreal", playing a full season with the Greater Western Victorian Rebels, selected and competed for Victoria Country in the AFL Women's Under 18 Championships in Queensland and was picked up by the VFLW Western Bulldogs side and featured in the 2019 grand final.
"Playing with Western Bulldogs has been amazing," Wood said. "It's really given me more stepping stones and drive to know what I want to achieve in football.
"I am really focused on my development and goals at the moment.
"Some girls who I've played football with for the past few years have missed out on opportunities and sometimes I feel bad, but I know one day I will miss out too. That's the reality of sport and what we do."
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