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STATE CALL-UP

By Andrew Johnston

GRACE Moyle isn’t one for words.

She’d rather let her game do the talking for her.

And the Echuca schoolgirl is dominating every opportunity she is able to get her hands on.

Only 11, Grace is headed to Western Australia as a member of the School Sports Victoria under 12 female cricket team.

In order to earn state selection, she had to be nominated through her school and was one of three local students selected.

From there she went through three selection trials, including at the indoor nets of the MCG, as the original group of 60 girls was cut down to the 13 that would tour WA.

The group will head off to compete against other school state teams in the middle of December.

And that’s far from her first achievement.

‘‘She started playing when her brother got involved in the sport,’’ her mother Wendy said.

‘‘When she was nine, she was picked to play Northern Rivers representative cricket.

‘‘It’s a pretty wonderful achievement for someone as young as she was.’’

This year, she was selected to represent Northern Rivers for a third time.

And her development has continued as a member of the Bryce McGain Elite Cricket Academy.

The simplest of changes — from making sure she was using the right size and weight bat to speed up her swing to getting to play with mostly girls — has seen her confidence grow as her skills develop.

But you won’t here that from Grace.

She’d rather just play.

‘‘I’ve played for about four years,’’ she said.

‘‘I was at Echuca East to begin with, but moved to Echuca when East pulled out of the girls competition.’’

Her Echuca side will begin their youth girls campaign tonight against Tongala.

And Grace says its exciting to play against girls her own age, after previous seasons in mixed sides.

‘‘There’s also now a women’s competition I might be able to play in in the next few seasons, and that will be exciting,’’ she said.

But it doesn’t seem like that will be her focus right now.

Instead, she’d just rather focus on playing.

And a long summer ahead with a lot of opportunities to do so.