Carly Leeson wins top cricket gong second year in a row
BRUSHGROVE'S Carly Leeson has been named Female Country Cricketer of the Year for the second year in a row.
Leeson spent plenty of time in representative teams during the 2014/15 season, including selection in the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars squad that toured Sri Lanka in February. The young fast bowler then returned to Sri Lanka in July with the Cricket NSW Development Squad.
Closer to home, Leeson was part of the NSW Metro squad that won the Under-18 Female National Championships in January. Throughout the 2014/15 season she played for Harwood in the Lower Clarence first grade competition as well as the All River Colts under-16s.
She won the Jetts Fitness Junior Sportsperson of the Month in March and as a result is in contention to defend her Clarence Valley Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year title when the Clarence Valley Sports Awards are presented by The Daily Examiner and Grafton Shoppingworld at Maclean Sports Centre on November 13.
Meanwhile Tim Cox was named NSW Male Country Player of the Year at the NSW Country Cricket award dinner held at the Opal Cove Resort in Coffs Harbour. The experienced fast bowler compiled a long list of achievements on the field for NSW Country, Western Zone, Dubbo and his club RSL-Colts.
GRAFTON'S Jeff Hackett has indicated he will challenge for the North Coast Cricket Umpires presidency currently held by Coffs Harbour's Ken Robinson at the annual general meeting at Woolgoolga on Sunday.
Hackett continued as secretary-treasurer of Clarence River District Cricket Umpires Association at its recent AGM along with Peter Ryan as president and Bruce Baxter vice president. Hackett said with the addition of Jason Thompson and Paul Ensby to the umpiring ranks it is hoped all three grades will be filled on a regular basis in the upcoming season starting October 10.