DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Amy Riddell works out at Jetts Fitness Grafton in her attempts to gain an edge over her competition PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Amy Riddell works out at Jetts Fitness Grafton in her attempts to gain an edge over her competition PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Top stuff JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE MONTH

JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE MONTH: AN INCREASED gym workload and more overs under the belt are starting to pay off for Amy Riddell.

The 16-year-old cricketer was named in the Australian Under-18 Women's Honours team after a successful campaign for ACT/NSW Country in the national championships at Ballarat in January.

The off-spinner took 4/19 off 10 overs in the first match of the tournament and finished with a total of 10 wickets. Her efforts saw her named Jetts Fitness Junior Sportsperson of the Month for January.

She recently joined up at the gym in a bid to gain an edge on her rivals.

"This season I've improved since getting the opportunity to bowl every week with the men in Westlawn's second grade team," Riddell said. "I just started up at the gym a couple of weeks ago and have started to go pretty regularly.

"I'm trying to get a bit stronger to be able to hit the ball further and harder, bowl longer and get my cardio fitness up."

This season I've improved since getting the opportunity to bowl every week with the men in Westlawn's second grade team.

The Australian Honours team plus 13 other talented girls including Woodford Island's Carly Leeson, who was part of the national championship-winning NSW Metro team, will form a 25-player squad to attend a high-performance camp in Brisbane in September.

ACT/NSW Country coach Anna Baker said Riddell had a lot of potential.

"Amy bowls very good lines and has the ability to tie the batters down," Baker said.

"She's very deceptive when she floats the ball up and gets a lot of drop and turn. She's a versatile cricketer and definitely a player of the future."

Riddell was also part of the Barbarians team which won the AR1 title of Grafton Women's Hockey in 2014.



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