LAST year she took out the inaugural Maddy Collier Medal, for the AFL South Coast women's best and fairest player.
Now Cambewarra's Sophie Phillips is following in the footsteps of fellow Shoalhaven product Collier, after she was recently named in the under 18 NSW/ACT youth girls side - just as Collier was in 2013.
To prepare for the 2019 NAB AFL Women's Under 18 Championships, Phillips' Rams side, coached by Canberra's Steve Mahar and assisted by GWS Giants players Alyce Parker and Louise Stephenson, will take part in a training camp in Coffs Harbour from May 9-12.
Here the team will come up against the northern state academies of the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns.
Joining the St Johns student in the 25-person squad are Belconnen Magpies' Ellie Hicks and Emily Pease, Lavington's Paris Crelley, Murray Bushrangers' Chelsea Hargreaves and Abby Favell, Quenbeyan Tigers' Jayde Hamilton, Bendigo Pioneers' Hannah Stewart and Jordyn Jolliffe, Pittwater Tigers' Kahli Gilchrist and Ellie Shefts, Sydney Uni Bombers' Zoe Hurrell, Camden's Jessica Whelan, Willoughby Mosman Swans' Olivia Edwards, Hayley Fell and Alice Mitchell, Grafton Tigers' Lillian Doyle, Singleton's Tahlia Thompson, East Coast Eagles' Breanna Tarrant, Emily Hurley and Georgia Garnett, Queenwood's Olivia O'Donnell and Dubbo's Eloise Hiller-Stanbrook.
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Mahar said the matches in Coffs Harbour will be a chance for the team to come together as a group ahead of the first round of the 2019 NAB AFL Women's under 18 Championships to be held in Sydney against Tasmania.
"We will use Coffs as an opportunity for all players to connect and get to know the game style that we want to play at Rams level," Mahar said.
Following the two-match series with Tasmania, the two states will form an alliance as the Eastern Allies and will compete together on the Gold Coast in round two of the 2019 NAB AFL Women's Under 18 Championships in July.