Horsham's Nekaela Butler and Ararat's Ella Wood had their dreams come to fruition at the AFLW National Draft on Tuesday.
The Greater Western Victoria Rebels teammates will start their AFLW careers with the same side, after they were both drafted to the Richmond Tigers.
Wood was taken in the second round at pick 31 while Butler was selected at pick 55.
Butler was attending her last day of school when the news came through, sending Horsham College into rapturous celebration.
"I don't know what to say - I've always hoped for it, it was a dream, but I didn't think it would actually happen," Butler said.
"It's a really surreal feeling right now.
"Mum and I barrack for Richmond, so it is even better to go to Richmond."
Butler said she fell in love with football after playing with the school four years ago. She encouraged other aspiring young female footballers to work hard and dream big.
"I did Auskick when I was little, but then I started playing school footy, which is when things started to happen. I got into the pathways of footy after that," she said.
"I would just say (to other young girls) don't give up, just keep playing. You will get there in the end if you work hard for it."
Butler's GWV Rebels coach Rhys Cahir said Butler had pushed herself into draft calculations late in the season.
"We've thought she had the potential to get drafted and we've pushed her that way, as much as she might not have thought it," Cahir said.
"She's worked really hard to give herself a chance. She's got all the talent in the world and just needs the confidence going forward."
Wood thanked her family for their support.
"My parents have always supported me, and I'm really thankful that they have given me all the opportunities I've wanted," she said.
"I might not be doing this forever, so I'm glad they all can be a big part of my journey."
The Wimmera duo will be joined at the Tigers by fellow GWV Rebels teammate Sophie Molan, who was selected by Richmond at pick nine.
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