Singleton star Tahlia Thompson has been named in the Under 18 AFL NSW/ACT Rams youth side ahead of taking on Tasmania in a two game series at the end of the month.
The young Roosterette has been included in a 24-player squad after her performances with the Singleton juniors, and said her selection in the representative squad was “a surprise”.
“I’m a bit nervous [about facing Tasmania],” Thompson said after the announcement was made by AFL NSW/ACT last week. “I’ve never played at a level like this before, so I’m not too sure how I’ll go.”
Although there’s nerves for the young Hunter defender, Thompson admitted she was also looking forward to the training camp at Coffs Harbour that is taking place from May 9-12. There, the Rams will play in practice games against state academy sides from Brisbane Lions, and the Gold Coast Suns.
“I’m looking forward to meeting all these new people, and getting some new experiences,” she said. “I want to get a higher level of talent, and this will let me. It’s such a fun game now that I’ve made the switch.”
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Thompson has been playing AFL for the past three years with Singleton, after code-hopping from rugby league to the sport she’s now excelling in. She revealed her swap came after a number of family and friends convinced her of the sport, and she decided to give it a go.
In the upcoming clash against Tasmania, Thompson revealed she’s eager to play in defence, considering the holding back positions are her “favourite” spots on the field.
The squad is currently in camp at Coffs Harbour. Canberra representative Steve Mahar is coaching the team, while GWS Giants stars Alyce Parker and Louise Stephenson are showing the girls the ropes ahead of their Tasmanian battle.
Following the two-match series with Tasmania, the two states will form an alliance as the Eastern Allies and will compete together on the Gold Coast in Round 2 of the 2019 AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships in July.