The under-18s AFL NSW/ACT Rams youth girls team had a successful few days in Coffs Harbour over the weekend.
The side, featuring Griffith's Abby Favell and Hannah Stewart, Leeton's Paris Crelley and Hay's Ellie Hicks, came together for the Northern Academy Series and training camp ahead of the upcoming 2019 NAB AFL Women's Under-18s Championship.
The team arrived in Coffs Harbour for a busy weekend of training, education sessions, workshops and three matches against Northern Territory, Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Academies.
The Rams put in strong performances across the weekend as they defeated Gold Coast Academy 2.0 (12) to 0.2 (2) before putting on a clinic against Northern Territory to win 10.9 (69) to 1.1 (7) and rounded out the weekend with a 6.4 (40) to 3.2 (20) win over Brisbane Lions Academy.
Favell said there was plenty she was able to take away from the weekend on the North Coast.
"The weekend was long and hard work," she said.
"But by the end of it, I didn't want to leave because of the good relationships I have built. I loved getting to know the group of girls and seeing the ways that people play.
"The different game style and professionalism was beneficial to me."
Rams Head Coach, Steve Mahar said the training camp in Coffs Harbour gave the team a chance to grow and improve as a group.
"The girls who make up our Under-18 Youth Girls side come from right across New South Wales and the ACT so to get them together for three days of training and playing is really valuable," said Mahar.
"To win all three games against strong opposition in the Gold Coast Suns Academy, Northern Territory and Brisbane Lions Academy was great reward for effort.
"I'm looking forward to seeing continued improvement when they play Tasmania in early June for Round One of the National Championships."
The Under-18 AFL NSW/ACT Rams Youth Girls side will next come together from June 1-3 when they take on Tasmania in Blacktown for the first two rounds of the 2019 NAB AFL Women's Under-18 Championships.