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Local footy stars showcase talent

Saturday, 7th April, 2018

Melisa Keenan and Eliza Cumming will compete in the Youth Girls Northern Academy Series in Coffs Harbour this weekend. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Melisa Keenan and Eliza Cumming will compete in the Youth Girls Northern Academy Series in Coffs Harbour this weekend. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Emily Ferguson

Local AFL W stars Melisa Keenan and Eliza Cumming have been selected to play for the GWS Giants in the Youth Girls Northern Academy Series held in Coffs Harbour this weekend.

The Series is used by coaches to determine the final state squad for the upcoming match against Tasmania in early June. 

The girls’ first game was played last night against the Brisbane Lions Academy team, which saw them unfortunately take the defeat with Lions 3.3 and GWS 2.8.

Melisa said she couldn’t be happier that she and Eliza were both part of the Giants’ side. 

“I’m absolutely over the moon that Eliza and I are on the same team,” she said.

“Fair bit nervous at the moment but keen to get in the swing of the games and see what the other academies are like - also a tad excited to play under lights.” 

Eliza said she was also excited to get on the field. 

“I’m pretty keen to get into it and play the trial games along with Mel and the other girls and to see where we could potentially go from there with the team selection and everything,” she said.

“Overall I’m excited for the weekend to see how we go.”

The girls will play three games over the weekend, all at CEX Coffs International Stadium. 

They will face the Sydney Swans this afternoon and then they’ll line up against the Gold Coast Suns tomorrow.

Melisa and Eliza attended GWS Giants training camps in December and earlier this year. 

The camps allowed for a squad of 44 players to be selected to play in the Northern Academy Series and those players have been split into two teams - GWS Giants and Sydney Swans for the Series this weekend.

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