Girls needed for State indoor cricket team

By TONY WHITE

THE NSW girls Under-16 indoor cricket team is short on numbers.

Currently seven girls ? four from Grafton and three from Port Macquarie ? have been selected for the annual clash with Queensland, this year to be held in Coffs Harbour on the long weekend of June 11, 12 and 13.

The development program is organised by the Indoor Sport NSW committee and its Queensland counterpart, with the aim to introduce young girls to indoor sport and representative cricket that hopefully, with experience, will see them filter through to open teams.

"We need at least three more players," NSW coach and organiser David Whitby said.

"Last year at Beenleigh the girls not only played against the Queenslanders but met up with former and current Australian players who had chat sessions with them.

"They had a terrific time."

This year the team will play three games against Queensland with a trophy going to the winners. Queensland won last year.

Those already in the team are: Ashley Bates, Kara Sutherland, Melanie Cowan and Whitby's daughter Amanda, all from Grafton, and Kirra McGoldrick, Zara Youngblutt and Kimberly Broderick from Port Macquarie.

"Hopefully we can increase the numbers to give the girls a chance to represent their state," Whitby said.

Sutherland is an example of what can be achieved in the sport, last year being named as a shadow player for the Australian Under19 team. She was only 12.

Any girls interested in registering their interest can contact Andrew Firth at the Grafton Indoor Cricket Centre on 6642 6623, or Whitby on 0402647183.



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