Breaker Kara Sutherland in Grafton.
Breaker Kara Sutherland in Grafton.

Kara's cricket dream realised

WHEN Kara Sutherland was younger, there was nothing she wanted more for her South Grafton school than a girls cricket team.

"We tried really hard to get a team but there just wasn't enough of us to make it happen," Sutherland said.

As she watched the Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup at JJ Lawrence Oval yesterday, it was as if a dream had been realised.

"It's been so good to see the number of girls playing," Sutherland said.

"A few schools actually have all-girl teams which is even better."

The soon-to-be 21-year-old started playing cricket when she was nine, and has been living in Sydney to continue her sporting career.

"I really enjoy living in Sydney but it's great to come home and see how much cricket has grown over the last few years," Sutherland said.

Sutherland has been involved with the Lend Lease Breakers for three years, and earned selection in the Australian Shooting Stars last year.

"I'm confident the Breakers can win the competition this season," she said.

"There's around eight international players in the team so it's been really interesting to learn from them."

The Breakers train and play on the Sydney Cricket Ground, an experience Sutherland said is "unreal".

"It's such an amazing experience playing on the SCG," she said.

"There's a Donald Bradman quote that hangs above the door and it reminds you of every player that's stepped out on to the pitch before you."

With the international contingent on duty with the Australian team, Sutherland gets her chance to impress in a trial against the ACT on Saturday.

They will be led by Byron Bay-born Angela Reakes, who will wear the captain's armband at just 21 years of age.

"Angie's one of my best friends and it makes the experience that much better," Sutherland said.

The match at Blacktown International Sportspark will be a 50-over-per-side encounter.

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