IT was one of the more agonising decisions Tahlia Meier has ever had to make, choosing between the two sporting loves of her life.
But for the Greater Western Victoria Rebels star, the choice between football and cricket was something she knew she would have to make at some point.
After a whirlwind few months, the Ballarat East sports star is now considered one of the GWV Rebels leading chances to be picked up in the AFLW National draft on Tuesday.
Her football season was impressive. It saw her start playing in the forward pocket before moving into the midfield at the Rebels, before ending up at the Western Bulldogs VFLW side.
This came off the back of a cricket season where the Brown Hill Cricket Club player joined the Box Hill team that made its way through to the Premier Cricket one-day grand final.
But it's only been in recent months that her choice became clear that football would win out for now.
"It's come out of nowhere which is pretty exciting," she said.
"It was always cricket, cricket, cricket. Only recently I started to think seriously about football.
"It really started when I went to an AFLW game earlier in the year, I think it was Western Bulldogs and Collingwood, I'd never been to an AFLW game before and I couldn't get over how great the atmosphere was.
"I thought, perhaps I should give footy a crack."
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Meier said football won out also on the basis of being able to make amends for your mistakes.
"You make one mistake in cricket, you're out and your day is over," she said.
"You make a mistake in football and you're always in the game, you can always get back and do something to help out your team.
"Also, there probably is less opportunity to move on in cricket, football there are so many opportunities, and it's just getting stronger and stronger as we go along."
The Ballarat Clarendon College student is one of up to five Rebels who could have their name called out on Tuesday evening.
If she is drafted, it will likely be later in the night, alongside another of her teammates who has made huge strides this season, Lilli Condon.
She hope that up to three players from the preliminary final team will be selected early in the night.
"I know Nike (Nyakoat Dojiok) and Friendy (Ella Friend), should go pretty high up and I think Chloe Leonard has the real leadership qualities that deserve an opportunity," she said.
"Myself, to be honest I'll be very pleasantly surprised if I do get picked up.
"There's plenty of time though, if it doesn't happen, I'll do what I did this year, play cricket and then have a crack at under 19s level and see where football takes me from that point."
The AFLW draft gets underway at 6.45pm on Tuesday night.