Clarence ladies shine for North Coast in title win
CHS CRICKET: For Clarence Valley cricketers Carly Leeson, Shinae McDonald and Amy Riddell last week's win at the New South Wales Combined High Schools Cricket Championships was a bittersweet moment five years in the making.
For the girls studying their HSC the final against Sydney West was the last match of representative CHS cricket they will ever play. But it gave them a chance to go out on top.
"It was pretty sad to think it would be our last one because we have been doing it for a long time now," Riddell said. "But that is why we wanted to go out with a win."
Leeson, who captained the successful side, said her job was made easy by the bonds they had formed with teammates over the years.
"(Captaining) is always made easier when you have people that you trust and can back you up in the field," she said.
"We have been playing together for a while now with outside school cricket and I have captained a lot of the girls for several years so there is a real bond there."
The three were not the only girls representing the Clarence Valley with Natasha Rudder also selected in the victorious side.
At the conclusion of the tournament both Leeson and Riddell were recognised for their efforts with selection in the NSW CHS First XI to play a match against the Independent Schools XI next month. Leeson was named as captain of the side.
McDonald was also recognised for her efforts selected in the Second XI.