Young guns take on state's best

SOME of central Victoria’s budding cricketers will come up against the state’s best in the under 16 state championships on Wednesday.

The Northern Rivers team, made up of three Bendigo and district teens, will travel to Melbourne for the annual competition.

Coach Lisa Cain said the young team was aiming to finish in the top five.

“It is going to be a hot week" she said. 

"It will be very testing on the team.

“I think if we can get a couple of good wins and win at least one game on Wednesday then we will have a good chance for the rest of the week.”

“There are about 16 regions around Victoria so we are hoping to be in the top five, there are a couple of good sides from Melbourne.”

The 12-person team includes, Taylor Vlaeminck, Georgia Morgan, Charlotte Starr, Sophie Mackenzie-Ross, Bridgett Drum, Maggie Marshall, Rennie Hicks, Rachel Claney, Mazie Wilmott, Ash Walpole, Dana McDonald and Tegan Brett.

The team will play two twenty20 games on Wednesday before playing a 40 over game on Thursday.

Cain said if the team won games on each day it would determine what position they would play for on Friday, the final day of the competition.

She said the tournament was a chance for the girls to actually play against and alongside girls in their specific age group.

“There isn’t a great deal of opportunity around Bendigo to play cricket with the girls,” Cain said.  

“It is a great opportunity for the girls to come together and play.  

“We want the girls to improve their cricket and see how they go.”

Georgia Morgan is playing in the state championships for the third consecutive year.

The 15-year-old is the only girl playing for Colbinabbin.

“If there is a team we play who hasn’t played us before they get a bit of a shock because a girl is playing but they get used to it,” she said.  

“The boys I play with I grew up with them so they don’t really care.”

Morgan said she was looking forward to competing in Melbourne.  

"It is a good achievement," she said. 

"It gets me more involved in the sport and it's a chance to make new friends." 

Cain said the tournament was a chance for cricket selectors to also chose the Victorian squad. 

Morgan said one of her main goals was to be selected in the Victorian team.

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