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Budding WA stars win All Australian honours

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 2: Rosie Deegan of the Allies in action during the 2017 AFLW Under 18 State of Origin match between Victoria and the Allies at Etihad Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Rosie Deegan starred for the AFLW Allies on Saturday night

Three young Western Australian stars won 2017 AFL Women's Under-18 All Australian honours on Saturday.

Dashing utility McKenzie Dowrick, versatile midfielder Courtney Hodder and key forward Rosie Deegan were confirmed as All Australian representatives following the under-18 Victoria versus Allies curtain-raiser to the NAB AFLW State of Origin match at Etihad Stadium.

Victoria defeated the Allies in the under-18 clash by 10 points, 6.10 (46) to 5.6 (36). 

West Coast Eagles game development manager Adam Selwood – who trained all eight WA players representing the Allies in the lead up to the curtain-raiser clash – said he was thrilled to see the talented trio announced in the side following the game.

“It has been a fantastic opportunity to help prepare these girls for the wonderful opportunity that was presented to them at the weekend,” Selwood said.

“They all acquitted themselves really well, which provides them a great opportunity to build a strong platform for 2018.

“We look forward to assisting their development moving forward, and if all goes according to plan, hopefully they get to wear the blue and gold someday soon.” 

Vic Country’s Darcy Guttridge was named captain of the team, while South Australia's Jess Allan was listed as starting ruck and vice-captain.

There was an even split between 18 and 17-year-olds, with 10 of each named.

Only three 16 year olds – Deegan, Vic Country's Lucy McEvoy and Queensland's Tarni White – made the final 22.