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Dynamic duo in State team

Saturday, 28th April, 2018

Melisa Keenan (left) and Eliza Cumming have been selected for NSW/ACT to take on Tasmania in July. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Melisa Keenan (left) and Eliza Cumming have been selected for NSW/ACT to take on Tasmania in July. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Eliza Cumming and Melisa Keenan have continued the great showing for Broken Hill footballers on a representative front having both earned selection in the Under 18s NSW/ACT’s team to take on Tasmania in June. 

Cumming and Keenan have been training with local GWS Academy coach Anthony Tidball since the latter half of 2017. They recently competed for GWS in the Youth Girls Northern Academy Series in Coffs Harbour from which this team was selected from the GWS and Sydney Swans sides.

Cumming said that she believed she had a mixed series in Coffs Harbour. 

“I had good and bad games,” she said. 

“Going over there with new people and new coaches meant they weren’t familiar with our normal positions so I played out of my comfort zone a fair bit which was a good experience. 

“I was able to learn a lot from it but also when I was put in forward and ruck I tried to make the most of it to try and get noticed.”

Keenan also had to adjust to playing in a different position in the series.

“I had to adjust to a new position as in the local competition I usually play forward and mid but I was played in the back line in Coffs Harbour,” she said.

“But I thought I played pretty well and obviously well enough to get picked.”

Both Cumming and Keenan were surprised at their selections for NSW/ACT but are eager to further represent the Broken Hill community.

“I couldn’t be more excited, I even cried when I received the email yesterday!” Keenan exclaimed. 

“I’m just so happy to represent Broken Hill and especially South in such a good sport.”

“There’s plenty of talent within the group of girls so I was quite nervous in the lead up to the selection as it would have been a hard decision for the coaches but I was over the moon to see my name on the list!” Cumming added.

The round one match against Tasmania will be played on Friday, June 1 at 7pm with the Round 2 match closely following on Sunday, June 3 at 10am - both matches will be held at Blacktown International Sportspark.

From these games, selection will be made for the Eastern Allies - a combined AFL NSW/ACT and Tasmania team - who will compete in the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18s Championships in July.

The Eastern Allies will go up against the Central Allies (NT and SA combined), Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

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