Rivers of skill in junior female side

By Riverine Herald

THE FUTURE of cricket in the Goulburn Murray is in safe hands following a Northern Rivers representative side’s strong performance at the Under 14 female Youth Premier League in Melbourne.

Made up of local players from Goulburn Murray Cricket sides and coached by Brodie Webster and Christy O’Brien, the under 14s placed third in the state winning five of seven matches along the way.

The team was made up of Gemma Boyd, Delaney Laffy, Grace Moyle, Mackenzie Porter, Mia Earl, Sienna Johnstone, Lila Keck, Alyse O’Connell, Eloise Walker, Maddison Pearce, Amani Issell, Arielle Glatte and Macey White.

Along with the strong team finish, Arielle Glatte finished sixth overall in the competition’s wickets taken tally after she claimed the scalps of seven batsmen across the two days.

It is the ushering in of a bright future for the Goulburn Murray region, according to BLUCC president Paul Colbert.

‘‘An initial round was played in December, which was a good win out at Strathdale against the Ballarat region,’’ he said.

‘‘Then in the actual week of competition in Melbourne, the girls played just brilliantly.

‘‘The competition was split into two regions. There’s a Renegades region and a Stars region, so we were being aligned with the BBL teams.

‘‘We are in the Renegades region and therefore competed with seven other teams in our pool, so there were eight in each competition.’’

Playing against the likes of Mallee, Barwon and Geelong, the under 14s went on a four-game winning streak before being defeated by Spirit.

‘‘For a couple of them it’s their second time around, Grace Moyle was part of the under 14s last year but for the likes of Maddie and Arielle from BLUCC that was their first go,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘Arielle had an awesome tournament and placed sixth overall as far as wickets taken.

‘‘She took seven and she’s only been playing for 12 months.

‘‘Only four or five players have previously represented the GMC, so it was a fantastic effort to finish third on the ladder and we have big expectations of these girls now.’’

Next up for the girls is a new Country Week-type tournament which will be held next month on February 3 and 17 in the Twenty20 format.

The Northern Rivers under 17s also played in the tournament and won one match in the week.

Five of the under 17s Rivers players originally selected were called up to the national championships and could not represent Rivers at the state tournament.