Western Australia’s Female Under-18 side begin their National Championships in
Hobart today, with four debutants and an import.
Gemma Cassidy (South Perth), Lauren Nicholson (Subiaco Floreat), Georgie Ireland (Melville) and Emma
Meuleman (South Perth) will all make their State Under-18 debuts.
Lauren Nicholson makes
the cut after arriving in Australia with her family just 11 months ago from
Johannesburg, South Africa.
previously represented the province of Johannesburg, however, since moving to
Australia has already played state indoor cricket for WA and now completes the
double by running out for the Female Under-18 state cricket side.
WA coach Orazio
Santalucia said the team is in great shape to be title contenders.
"The team has worked
hard leading into this tournament,” Santalucia said.
"The most pleasing
aspect for me is how smart the girls have been in their preparation and how
maturely they’ve gone about it for such a young group.
"Many of the girls
have just finished their year 12 exams as well, so getting the team back into a
cricketing mind set will be a challenge but I’m confident they will be able to
Victoria are the
reigning champions, surprisingly defeating New South Wales who had won the
previous 11 Under-18 national titles.
Meuleman continues the
famous WA cricketing name, with her grandfather Ken captaining WA and scoring
nearly 8,000 first class runs during a stellar career.
"Emma captained the Under-15s
last year and has now progressed into the Under-18s set-up,” Santalucia said.
"Although Emma will be
one of our strike bowlers, she is also very handy with the bat which is rare in
the tail end of the line-up.”
WA gets its campaign
underway on Wednesday against Tasmania. Follow their progress via MyCricket.
Gemma Cassidy (South
Perth), Caitlin Crocetta (South Perth), Chloe Wain (South West/South Perth), Rebecca
West (Melville), Niamh Walsh (Melville), Lauren
Nicholson (Subiaco Floreat), Georgie
Ireland (Melville), Jess Emery (Subiaco Floreat), Sheldyn Cooper
(Midland-Guildford), Georgie Middleton (Great Southern/Melville), Emma Meuleman
(South Perth), Ashlee King (Melville), Sarah Patman (South Perth)