The NSW Under-16 years indoor cricket squad, Back, coach David Whitby, Zara Youngblood, Rachael Giggins, Kara Sutherland, Steph
The NSW Under-16 years indoor cricket squad, Back, coach David Whitby, Zara Youngblood, Rachael Giggins, Kara Sutherland, Steph

Golden run for the Blues

By TONY WHITE

THE NSW girls Under-16 indoor cricket development squad scored a convincing 3-1 victory over their Queensland counterparts in Grafton at the weekend.

And NSW captain, South Grafton High student Kara Sutherland, was one of three players from the team selected to attend an elite training camp for the Australian Under-19 squad.

The NSW development squad, coached by Grafton's David Whitby who has been reappointed for next year, began the series against Queensland with a 106-93 defeat at the Grafton Indoor Cricket Centre on Saturday.

NSW fought back to win the second game 92-81, and on Sunday, the team beat Queensland 135-68 and 119-97.

"It was a terrific team effort," Whitby said. "All the girls played particularly well."

The third game of the series featured a remarkable effort by Wauchope player Louise Phillips. In an eight-ball over Phillips snared an amazing six wickets, including five in succession to almost single-handedly rout the Queenslander batting order. Phillips received a game ball signed by all the players for her stunning spell. Kempsey squad member Keira McGoldrick was named Player of the Series over Phillips. McGoldrick and Phillips both move into the Under-18 squad next year which will be coached by John Giggins, the father of NSW team player, Rachael Giggins.

Giggins, from Sydney's northern suburbs, Sutherland and Port Macquarie player Zara Youngblood were chosen by Australian Under-19 team manager Tahnee Norris to attend the elite training squad in Brisbane later this year.

Norris was impressed with the NSW team's ability. The other members of the NSW squad were vice-captain Amanda Whitby and Melanie Cowan from Grafton, Stephanie Honeybrook and Nicole Taylor, from Maclean and Kimberly Broderick, from Wauchope.



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