Campbelltown teenager takes step towards AFLW dream

Campbelltown's Jessica Whelan, 16, is performing well on the Australian rules football field. Picture: AFL NSW/ACT
Campbelltown's Jessica Whelan, 16, is performing well on the Australian rules football field. Picture: AFL NSW/ACT

One Campbelltown teen is making big strides towards her dream of playing in the AFLW.

Jessica Whelan represented the AFL NSW/ACT Rams Australian rules football team at the NAB AFL Women's Under-18s Championship in Coffs Harbour earlier this month.

Jessica impressed on the wing for the Rams, which finished the tournament undefeated.

The Rams secured wins over the Gold Coast Suns Academy, Northern Territory and Brisbane Lions Academy.

Jessica's highlights included kicking two goals against Northern Territory.

The 16-year-old said she enjoyed the chance to compete at a national level.

"It was pretty fun and I learned new skills along the way," Jessica said.

"It was a step up [to play at that level] and most of the girls played really well."

Jessica plays for the Camden Blues under-18s girls side in the GSJ Western Sydney competition.

The John Therry Catholic High School student said she loved to play the sport and dreamed of competing in the AFLW.

"I like to play on the wing or a little bit in the middle too," Jessica said.

"I like Collingwood, but I would love to play for the GWS Giants one day."