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NEW GOAL: Danielle Wall is ready to lace up the boots for Queensland.
NEW GOAL: Danielle Wall is ready to lace up the boots for Queensland. Richard Coombs

IT'S been a fast ride to the top for Cecil Plains' Danielle Wall.

After just five years in the game, she's already playing for her state.

The 15-year-old has just been selected for the Queensland under-18 Aussie rules team to compete in Melbourne next May.

But despite being one of the best players in the country for her age, when she pulls on the Queensland guernsey in six months time, it will only be the third occasion where she has played representative football.

Earlier this year, the centre half-back travelled to Cairns with a combined Darling Downs, Gold Coast and Northern Rivers team for the state championships.

The combined team made it to the final, narrowly going down to the formidable Brisbane Flames.

The selectors at the carnival had their eye on Wall, who thought nothing of her position change in one of the final matches.

"I was at full-back... then I got moved," she said.

"I thought I got moved because I was versing a new team.

"But I was very excited when I found out I got selected for Queensland."

Wall first pulled on the boots at 11-years-old, intrigued by the game after watching her brother from the sidelines.

There was something about the native game that had her hooked.

"I did home school, so once a year everyone would get together and do a bunch of different sports and I used to play league," she said.

"But in league you have to stay in one line, in Aussie rules you can be wherever."


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