Bega footballers Alanna Dummett and Molly Carr have both been named by the Canberra Raiders for the Tarsha Gale Cup.
The duo will link up with Narooma's Makayla Morris for the trimmed down squad of 23 players after starting with around 40 in the initial training line-up.
"I'm super excited to play with Molly Carr from bega and Makayla Morris from Narooma who I've been playing with for a few years now in rugby and across other sports," Alanna said of the selection.
She said they were also excited to build rapport with the rest of the team.
"Also keen to play with some of the new girls that I haven't played with," Dummett said.
"They have just cut the squad down to 23 and 17 of the girls will get to pull on the jersey during the rounds."
Dummett said she missed the normal selection trial, but was picked for the training roster based on her contact 9s performance in the local comp.
"Raiders scouts saw me playing a game of nines in the local comp."
She said she was thrilled with the selection, particularly after missing the post-season contact draw last year.
"I didn't get to play the Nines tackle round last year as I had other rugby commitments so I was keen to play this year to get around the girls and the game," she said.
Dummett said she just had a love of the game and playing tackle was an added element beyond her dominance in league-tag with the Bega Chicks.
"I do enjoy playing tackle, it adds a bit of fun to it - I've been playing AFL this year as league-tag was suspended because of Covid, and I have been playing rugby union 7s for the past few years.
"Getting in league has been a bit different but it's still really fun and I enjoy it."
Meanwhile, Carr is another cross-code contender after selection last year for the Country v City Origin clash with the ACT Brumbies in rugby union.
Carr has been a long-standing performer with the Red Falcons based out of Tathra and has gone through a number of Brumbies pathways to some top-level footy.
Adding the Tarsha Gale Cup is another strong tick for both girls in their footy development.
Dummett said she wasn't aspiring to the NRLW just yet, but was hopeful to make an impact during the Cup.
"I hope that I can get on the starting side and perform the best I can during the competition if I do make the side. I'm just playing it as it comes and enjoying it."
Previously an under 18s comp, the Cup is among several NSWRL representative draws extending the age bracket and will this year feature as an under 19s fixture.
The Tarsha Gale Cup will run over nine regular rounds with the Bega duo to come up against the Sharks in their opening round on February 6.
There will be a six-team finals format with the grand final to be held April 24.