QUEANBEYAN Tigers AFL Canberra first grade mid-fielder Sean Wilkinson is in search of North East Australian Football League honours after being named best on ground for his regional representative side last Saturday.
Wilkinson was just one of seven Tigers players to represent AFL Canberra sides in the men's and women's representative games against the AFL Sydney teams at Manuka Oval.
And while both Canberra teams suffered substantial losses on the day, Wilkinson stood out with ball in hand, and the 23-year old said he would be pushing hard for a spot in Josh Bryce and Kade Klemke's NEAFL squad.
"I was happy to be picked in the representative team, but NEAFL is still the goal," said Wilkinson.
"It was a pretty disappointing day to be honest, we should have played a lot better, but full credit to Sydney."
Wilkinson felt lucky to get picked for Canberra having spent a lot of time working recently but also coming off a broken hand.
"Hopefully I can play a few more games from now and really give NEAFL a crack," he said.
Joining him on the paddock for the men from Queanbeyan were Brandon Lagana and Dean Ross, while the women fielded Hannah Dunn, Ella Ross, Carly Res and Megan Godfrey.
Res, Godfrey and Ross each made their debuts.
Wilkinson said having so many representatives across both teams showed the Tigers club is developing its players in the right way.
"Especially with the girls, there were four players in that team and that was great for them," he said.
"I think we're moving in the right direction."
The women's side put up a strong fight in their 32-point, 7.6.48 to 2.4.16 loss to Sydney, while the visitors stormed home in the men's fixture by 11 goals, 14.21.105 to 5.8.38.