Darcy Melksham and Zali Spencer from Corowa-Rutherglen’s Football Netball Club will represent their respective school in the up-coming Combined High School National Football Carnival.
Darcy, 15, who attends Xavier High School in Albury, plays in the NSW state team called Blue Dogs, while Zali, 14, who attends Trinity Anglican College in Thurgoona, plays for the NSW Blue Birds.
They attended their respective trials last month, with both teams making it to the national football carnival to run from July 22 to 29.
This week, during the last week of school holidays, the pair is attending a boot camp in Canberra where they will prepare for the up-coming carnival, competing against teams from around Australia.
Combined High School Football provides opportunities for students to play for their schools in state-wide knockout competitions and, ultimately, gain selection in NSW and Australian teams.
Zali said she was it was her first time playing football at this level, while Darcy has represented NSW in the Under 12s at a primary school level.
“I am really looking forward to the competition and getting the warm-up and team uniform,” Darcy said.
“I love everything about football and have been playing since I was five when I started Auskick.”
Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club Junior President Beau Longmire said it was probably the first time in the community’s history where they have players in both the boy’s and girl’s Combined High School AFL side.
“I think they will do us proud,” he said.
“They both come from good families and are well prepared for this as they train hard.”
Longmire said there was a significant amount of preparation involved, including following a strict diet and training program.
“It’s a prestigious carnival where they will be up against about 150 of the best 15 and 16 year olds, both girls and boys, from around the country,” he said.