Holly Wall catches the eye of Gold Coast selectors in AFL system

HIGH HOPES: Casino teenager Holly Wall will train in the Gold Coast Suns junior program.
HIGH HOPES: Casino teenager Holly Wall will train in the Gold Coast Suns junior program.

CASINO teenager Holly Wall has caught the eye of selectors after her recent elevation to the Gold Coast Suns Academy program.

The 15-year-old midfielder joined the ranks of the Lismore Swans in 2021 when they started playing in the women's North Coast AFL competition.

She previously played in mixed teams at Casino and was granted an age exemption to play up in the women's competition this year.

Holly was quickly selected in the North Coast Force Youth Girls rep team where she is the only player from the Northern Rivers in the program.

Lismore Swans president and teammate Laura Cahill made contact with the Suns academy after seeing how quickly Holly had picked up the game at senior level.

She was invited to attend a Suns Academy hub training session at Cabarita prior to the recent school holidays where she linked with the Under-16 girls session and impressed the Suns Academy coaches.

As a result Holly has been invited to join the group for their last three weeks of training and will play in the Academy carnival on September 20.

The carnival will feature eight teams coming together on the Gold Coast with the best talent from both the Suns and Brisbane Lions regions.

Selections for the 2022 Under-17 High Performance program will be made from this carnival.

September will be a busy month for Holly as she will also represent the North Coast Force at the Northern NSW Championship in Coffs Harbour on September 27-28.

Casino and Lismore only joined the North Coast competition this season and the selection of Wall shows it can be a pathway to a higher level of competition.

Ballina and Byron are playing under the Queensland Division two south banner.

Byron Bay are currently fourth on the ladder while both women's teams are in the top four.