Riddell swaps spikes for clipboard to teach next gen
JUNIOR CRICKET: Leading Grafton female cricketer Amy Riddell is set to swap the spikes for the clipboard as she takes over coaching the Milo In2Cricket program that kicks off next week.
Riddell has been a rep cricket revelation in recent seasons, captaining the NSW Country/ACT side to within one game of the Under 18 National Cricket Championships last year.
She was also part of the Australian Under 18 Indoor Cricket side that completed a whitewash win against New Zealand last year.
But now the 18-year-old cricketer will be taking those experiences and moulding them for the next generation of cricketers as they enter the sport.
"I started playing cricket at that age and it is good for the kids to have someone guiding them, some motivation,” she said.
"Having a role model and interested coaches was really important for me when I was growing up, so hopefully I can provide that for the next generation.
"The CRJCA has done so much for me over the years, this is just a little chance for me to give back.”
The In2Cricket program is an eight-week intensive coaching program run at Lower Fisher Park aimed at children aged 4-8 years with the focus put on learning basic skills in a fun way.
The program will cost $75 for the eight weeks with each participant receiving a Milo cricket kit from Cricket NSW.
"We have got to start with the real basics,” Riddell said.
"Learning how to catch a ball and throw the ball properly before moving on to picking up a bat.
"I am just there for them to have a bit of fun and hopefully inspire them to keep going with their cricket and rise through the local ranks.”
Before she can get on the coaching field, Riddell has one more mammoth task in front of her as she enters the Brisbane Grade Female T20 final this weekend with her Gold Coast Dolphins team mates.
The team earned their way into the final with three wins on the trot and while they were left to wait on the result of the final game of the season between Sandgate and Brisbane University, Riddell said they were happy with where they were.
"We have had three really good wins now so we will ride that momentum into the final,” she said.
"Sandgate will be tough opposition in the final, we haven't beaten them yet this season, but in T20 cricket anyone can win on their day.
"We just need to play the game smart. Six singles an over gets you to 120 and we have the bowlers and fielders to defend that total.”
Meanwhile, registrations remain open for Milo In2Cricket. All parents need to do is head to www.playcricket.com.au and follow the prompts.