KAITLYN Ashmore is dreaming big in the game she loves.
The 24-year-old is one of a handful of the region’s footballers to be included in the newly-formed AFL Victoria Women's Football Academy, which is part of the process towards establishing a future national competition.
Ashmore has played AFL women’s exhibition matches for both Melbourne and current side Western Bulldogs, including two last season, one of which was televised.
“It was a dream to play in the two games this year, but if it was an actual competition like that, it would be amazing,” she said of the mooted national league.
Ashmore started the nine-month academy program last weekend and said she was joined by Redan players Maighan Fogas, Ashlee Wilkes, Melinda Sands and Tahni Nestor, as well as former Golden Point player Jenna Bruton, who now plays for St Kilda.
Ashmore is also hoping to be part of the new AFL Victoria women’s state league – set to be launched in 2016 – with her Victorian Women’s Football League premier division side Melbourne University part of the 10-club competition.