Clarence Valley girls lead north

LOCAL cricketers have dominated the girls' under-15 North Coast Cricket selections to play in the U15 Country Championships on September 29.

The team is the cream of the North Coast crop, selected from a region stretching from the Queensland border south to Forster.

In a sign of how strong the local cricket scene is, seven of the 12 players are from the Clarence Valley. Female cricket manager Gavin Newbound acknowledged the region's strength in producing quality players.

"I consider, per head of population, Grafton to be the strongest breeding ground of female cricketers in New South Wales, if not Australia," Newbound said.

"Current Australia Shooting Star (under-21) Kara Sutherland has led the way in recent years."

North Coast coach Troy McKiernan is confident the team will be competitive in his first year involved in women's cricket.

"We have a young team but it's one that could do big things," McKiernan said.

With an eye to the future, North Coast Cricket has selected a young team, with nine players aged 12 or 13.

"We're building a team that will be competitive for years to come," McKiernan said.

North Coast will compete with teams from the Riverina, Western, Southern Illawarra, Central North and Newcastle regions.

The competition will double as a selection trial, with the U15 Country team to play against a City team decided at the event. Going by McKiernan's verdict, there might be reason to be excited.

"There's at least four girls that are very good chances of being picked at this stage," he said.

"I'll be pretty disappointed if they don't make it."

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