Making an impression Millie-nilly

July 13, 2017

Mooroopna's Millie Brown is not only starring at the Murray Bushrangers but also as a member of Victoria Country.

The Murray Bushrangers’ navy blue and yellow jumper is the only time Millie Brown deviates from donning the blue and white hoops.

The Mooroopna girl, 16, took out the Murray Bushrangers’ best-and-fairest award, after an outstanding effort during the Youth Girls TAC Cup this year.

The Bushies’ most valuable player is not just based on talent, but includes leadership as well as being coachable.

She has some serious talent from her father Paul, who played 84 AFL games for Geelong.

Competing with Mooroopna’s youth girls team, she also played junior football with the boys in under-14s.

But Mooroopna Recreation Reserve was home for plenty of weekends Brown spent with her brother Tom.

‘‘Tom, Dad and I would always go and have a kick, I started Auskick in Grade 1, so it was always what I did,’’ she said.

‘‘We’d always come down to the footy, me and Tom were more close as young kids and we’d always be kicking the footy in the backyard and we’d come to the footy on a Saturday and I’ve just always been around here.’’

Mooroopna was runaway favourites in last year’s Shepparton District Junior league youth girls competition, taking out the premiership with a comprehensive win against Shepparton Notre.

Brown wore the blue V with Victoria Country during the under-18 national championships, where she played alongside Shepparton’s Grace Egan and Sophie Damon.

The trio are in Queensland as Vic Country’s unbeaten run continues in the carnival.

Brown has not been too familiar with losing recently, given the Bushrangers went through the five-round youth girls TAC Cup season undefeated.

But with not all 12 teams playing each other, the Bushies fell short of first place to Calder Cannons on percentage.

‘‘That was awesome, we didn’t lose a game, but really, besides finishing on top it couldn’t get much better than that,’’ she said.

‘‘We had a really good team this year and everyone got along well on and off the field as well.’’

With the daughter-son rule the AFL has implemented, Geelong will have first choice of Brown as the Cats hope to get an AFLW side up and running next year.

Fathers have to play just one game for an AFL team before that club receives first access to drafting the player’s daughter.

Brown said her father passed on advice, but was happy for her to follow other interests.

While Brown would relish playing in the top tier, the level-headed teenager is not solely focused on footy.

‘‘I want to take it as far as I can, but it’s not my be-all and end-all, I want to have something to fall back on if it does not work out,’’ she said.

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