Maggie Caris is keeping her expectations in check ahead of the AFLW National Draft on Tuesday.
Caris, alongside the best junior female footballers across the country, will hope to be one of the 58 players selected on the night.
Caris said while the dream of joining her sister Rene in the AFLW was appealing, she remained reserved ahead of the draft.
"It's come around quickly. I'm a bit nervous, but in the end, whatever happens will happen," Caris said.
"I'm just taking it as it comes and not setting too many expectations, because you just don't know what could happen."
There is always an element of the unknown at draft night, and the unusual circumstances of 2020 will only add to the insecurity.
Caris played just two games with the GWV Rebels this year before the season was cancelled, and the National Draft combine, an event to test the physical attributes of potential draftees, was dramatically different last month.
Instead of undergoing rigorous testing of agility, speed and leaping ability, Caris completed just one task for the national combine - a two-kilometre time trial she ran by herself around the Quantong football oval.
"Obviously that was very different to the usual combine experience," Caris said.
"I was pretty happy with my time given the circumstances - it was probably a bit harder not having the competition around to push you along. All the girls said they found it a bit more difficult.
"But I completed it at Quantong and had my parents cheering me on. I think I was pretty lucky to at least have my family getting stuck into me and pushing me along."
The draft itself will also be radically different this year, held completely online for the first time in the league's five-year history.
Caris said she would be watching the draft in Ballarat, as she planned to return to boarding school on Monday ahead of her GAT exam on Wednesday.
No matter where she watched it, Caris said she was happy for it to be a quiet affair.
"I'll be back at school so I'm not really sure. My parents might come up for it, but either way, we're just trying to keep it chill and lowkey," she said.
"Obviously I'm excited, but you never know what could happen."
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