State success for golden six
SIX CLARENCE Valley school girls were part of the North Coast Open Girl’s cricket team which took out the NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) Championships held in Bathurst this week.
Madeleine Richey, Rachael Payne, Kayla Worthing (South Grafton High), Madelyn Ryan and Tiffany Hodson (Maclean High) and Bobbie Corrigan (Grafton High) were all on cloud nine after helping North Coast win the coveted title for the second year in a row.
North Coast defeated a strong Hunter side in the final in emphatic fashion, stamping their place among the state’s cricketing elite.
The win was even sweeter given the quality of opposition facing the lineup. Hunter were bowled out for a paltry 89 with North Coast passing their total in the 30th over with 10 wickets in hand. North Coast coach Vivienne Nichols said the secret to the side’s success was teamwork.
“We had six new players from last year so I wasn’t sure how we would perform but everyone gelled as a team,” she said.
“In the end the final was a bit one-sided, I initially thought it would be a tough game for us but the girls stepped up to the challenge and got the job done.”
Nichols added she was impressed with the entire squad and was full of praise for the Clarence girls who performed above expectations.
“Our captain Georgia Redmayne from Alstonville was a standout for us and was named player of the carnival,” Nichols said.
“All the Clarence girls contributed over the week in a really solid all-round team performance.
“The experience at this level of cricket will only make them better cricketers in the future and hopefully they will put their hands up next year.
“Madelyn Ryan will never look back after accepting the challenge to opening the batting after which she was rewarded with selection in the CHS second eleven.”
Nichols said there were early signs her young side had what it takes to be competitive at this level of cricket.
“From the very first ball bowled the girls showed a desire to win. Their fielding was first class and all the bowlers kept it tight with accurate bowling,” she said.
“We made two crucial run outs in the final which swung the game back in our favour. Two of their (Hunter) best batsmen were caught short.”
On their way to the final North Coast defeated Riverina, Sydney South-West, Sydney North and Sydney East.
Following the win Madelyn Ryan was still scratching her head in disbelief of her selection in the CHS Second XI.
“It was a bit of a shock. I didn’t hear my name being read out and all my teammates said ‘that’s you’ and I said ‘what... you’re kidding’.
“I had a knee reconstruction last year and I put all my effort into making the side.”
Ryan, who plays in the local junior cricket competition, said she was in awe of some of the bowlers she witnessed and the pace in which they bowled.
“Some of the girls at the carnival would put a few of the local boys to shame,” she said.