Rene Caris and Georgia Clarke went undefeated for Vic Country

IMPORTANT: Rene Caris showed great form when her Vic Country side managed a perfect championships. Georgia Clarke was strong in defence. Picture: MORGAN HANCOCK

IMPORTANT: Rene Caris showed great form when her Vic Country side managed a perfect championships. Georgia Clarke was strong in defence. Picture: MORGAN HANCOCK

RENE Caris and Georgia Clarke have been selected for the All-Australian side after their efforts at the AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships. 

Their team, Vic Country, went undefeated in the competition alongside the Allies. 

Caris said the All-Australian side will play on September 2. 

“I wasn’t expecting it. I would say I was privileged, for two of us from the Greater Western Victoria Rebels to be picked was great,” she said.

“There were a lot of players picked from Victoria so it will be good to play with mates again.” 

The side started its unbeaten run on June 17 at Simmonds Stadium when it defeated Vic Metro by 27 points. 

It then travelled to the Gold Coast to play out the remaining three games from July 10. 

“In the first game we played Queensland, we played well but it took us a bit to gel. It was a bit hard because we all came from different clubs but we picked up our game in the second half,” she said. 

The side defeated Queensland 4.8 (32) to 3.4 (22). 

Caris and Clarke then took on NSW-ACT and won 6.6 (42) to 2.3 (15). 

“We had a better start that game, we picked up our act in the first quarter,” she said. 

Caris said the third and final game was the sides toughest, it faced Western Australia. 

“They were strong, we were lucky to get away with the win,” she said. 

Vic Country won 8.8 (56) to 5.4 (34). 

Clarke had her best game in the final contest as a key-defender, her composure and marking skills were highlights. 

Caris said the whole experience was awesome. 

“It was great singing the song after each game. It was good to play with such good teammates,” she said. 

She played a majority of the time in the ruck and played one quarter in the forward-line. 

“It was great to have staff for everything you needed,” Caris said. 

“We had to get up pretty early every day to do activation, we would then play a game, then go through recovery and had to eat all of the right food. They always had something for us to do whether it was stretching, massages or getting a medical check done.

“It was great to learn from the coaches who had a wealth of knowledge.” 

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