Western Australia Development Coach Orazio Santalucia has backed his Under-15 squad to rebound from last year's tournament as the U15 Female National Championships get underway today in Canberra.
The side finished sixth last year and suffered a horror run of injury throughout the tournament, but Santalucia said his side had been training hard since, which would put them in good stead.
"This group have been training hard together since about August last year, but we have really stepped up the training load over the past two months and I think we will see the benefits of that at this year’s tournament," Santalucia said.
"The team finished sixth last year, and we only had ten fit players for our fifth and sixth place playoff, so I am confident that if the players we have put together play to their potential we’ll win a few games this time around.
"Swing bowler Georgia Wyllie will be one to watch, as well as Emma Davidson.
"But Zoe Brittcliffe has the potential to be very special, she grew up playing cricket in the Pilbara and has also played state softball, she’s an exciting fast bowler and sharp in the field."
WA will come up against ACT/NSW Country, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria Country and Victoria Metropolitan.
In what will be a couple of firsts for Australian cricket, each side will play each other once with three 40-over matches and four Twenty20s, and rounds two and four will be played with nine players-a-side as Cricket Australia continues to pilot new junior formats.
Western Australia squad: Darcie Birchall, Zoe Britcliffe, Emma Davidson, Madeline Gardiner, Molly Healy, Courtney Holt, Ayla Meintjes, Ella Mills, Millie Monaghan, Gorgia Platten, Samantha Quadrio, Emma West, Georgia Wyllie.
For full fixtures and results, please visit www.nationalchamps.com.au.