Point Cook girl Alyssa Dreaneen has been selected from thousands of hopefuls to represent the state at a national netball competition.

Earlier this year, Alyssa – who will celebrate her 12th birthday next week – took part in trials for the School Sport Victoria netball 12 years and under netball team.

Of the 3800 students who participated in the trials, 12, including Alyssa, were picked to compete at the School Sport Australian Championship in Canberra. Alyssa was also selected to co-captain her team.

She is currently in the ACT for the competition, which began at the weekend and will finish on Friday.

Alyssa, who attends Alamanda College, said she started playing netball at the age of six.

“I like the challenge of playing against other girls, it’s fun, and I also like making friends,” she said.

Alyssa also plays netball with Westside and the West Devils, which are based in St Albans and Caroline Springs.

In total, she trains and plays netball six days a week.

Alyssa’s family, including her mother Katherine Dreaneen, said they were “very proud of her accomplishments”.

“Alyssa has always, and continues to, work hard for a sport she loves by training hard, never cutting corners,” Ms Dreaneen said.

“Her dedication is to be admired.”