Hoping for a football future

By Georgia Smith

Benalla football sensation Becky Webster has been selected for the second year in a row to represent Victoria Country in the NAB AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships.

This is the fourth year the Benalla P-12 College student has been picked to represent a Victoria Country squad and she said she’s honoured to have been selected again.

‘‘I’ve been working hard this year, especially considering it’s a draft year, so it’s definitely a good step forward,’’ said Webster.

‘‘It will definitely give me more of an opportunity for my talent to be shown, so hopefully I play well and showcase what I’ve got.’’

The Country and Metro teams will meet at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong on June 16, and Webster said there will no doubt be the same rivalry between the teams as in years past.

‘‘Vic Metro were dominant a lot through the early years that I played but we put them in their place last year so hopefully we can do that again,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ll probably be rotating through the back-line, predominantly half-back flank so hopefully I’ll push around there and maybe play in the midfield if I’m lucky.’’

Becky’s family will also be making the trek to Geelong to cheer her on.

Webster has been representing the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup, and the club also has three other players selected for the Vic Country team.

‘‘It’s great to have some familiar girls out there when you know how they play so that will definitely be an advantage out on the field,’’ Webster said.

A hopeful draft prospect, Webster said it was great to see so many opportunities opening up for girls who wanted to pursue football.

‘‘When I first started playing footy there was only junior boys to 14 and then you had to make your own way around,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve been lucky to grow up in this time when all the opportunities are open to girls now and I’ve been able to go through all of the programs.

‘‘It was meant to happen in 2020 but everything’s pushed forward so it’s just a great time to be alive.’’

As the Murray Bushrangers’ season wraps up, Webster said shewas hoping to play a few VFLW games for Melbourne Uni.

She will also be looking to back up from last year by making the All-Australian team again.

‘‘Hopefully I can just raise the bar again this year and see where it takes me, that’s the ultimate goal.’’