Hanna scores big goal with spot in state Aussie Rules side

Rockhampton Panthers AFL player Hannah Davidson has been selected to play for Queensland and is headed to the AIS for AFL.
Rockhampton Panthers AFL player Hannah Davidson has been selected to play for Queensland and is headed to the AIS for AFL. Chris Ison

WHEN Hannah Davidson saw her name listed for the Queensland U18 Women's Aussie rules team, it was a dream come true.

The talented 16-year-old Yeppoon player will pull on the Queensland colours in 2014 following a superb season on the oval.

Davidson, who first put foot to ball three seasons ago, said she was thrilled to make the cut.

"I'm pretty stoked to make the team," Davidson said.

"I'm so excited and really looking forward to playing at the Australian titles."

The Saint Ursula's College student said being named in the side was a goal she had worked to achieve over a considerable period.

"I did really well at the Queensland titles, I was the captain of the team and it was good to lead the side as some of the girls hadn't played at that level before," she said.

"After states we found out on the AFL Queensland website and I was just really excited to see that I had made the team.

"This is something that I have been working towards for a long time and I've been training really hard for."

While representing her state will become a reality, Davidson said her next aim will be to pull on the green and gold and after being selected for an Australian Institute of Sport performance academy, that dream could soon come true.

"I've also been chosen to go down to Melbourne and go to a camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in January," the talented teenager said.

"It's a high-performance academy and 22 girls from around Australia were chosen to learn about AFL skills, training, leadership and nutrition.

"From the camp, a team of girls will be chosen to represent Australia in a game against New Zealand next October, so I am striving towards that."

Playing for Rockhampton Panthers since under-13, Davidson was fundamental in her women's squad's results in the Capricornia Aussie Rules competition and she was named the best and fairest player of the women's league.

"This has been my best season yet and I'm really looking forward to the next season," Davidson said.

"For the upcoming season my goals are to make the Queensland team again and go a bit further with club and representative footy.

"I'm going to be training hard in the pre-season with a break over Christmas; I really want to make the All Australian women's team," she said.

Davidson will head to the Australian Women's Aussie Rules Championships in May.

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