WA All Set For U15's Nationals
23 March 2017  

Western Australia’s 13-player squad to compete in the School Sport Australia 15 & Under Boys National Championship flies to Brisbane tomorrow ahead of Sunday’s tournament opener.

Ten teams comprising some of Australia’s best junior cricketers will compete for the title, with every state and territory represented – and both Victoria and New South Wales fielding two teams.

WA will be coached by Scott Ogilvie, with David Aldridge the assistant coach, while Wheatbelt product Thomas McLean will skipper the side, with Brodee Foster and Jayden Goodwin his deputies.

The WA squad includes five regional players in McLean along with all-rounder Harry Crane and batsman/spinner Aubin Spurr from the Great Southern and batsman/spinner Troyden Thorp and batsman Goodwin from the South West.

The tournament runs from March 26 to April 2, with the first two rounds of matches in Brisbane, followed by two rounds of matches plus semi-finals on the Sunshine Coast, before a return to Brisbane for the final.

WA, Queensland, ACT, Tasmania and New South Wales Magenta will compete in Pool B.

Each team will play the other four teams in their Pool once in 50-over matches, ahead of semi-finals and a final.

WA finished third at last year’s tournament with trio Connor Smith, Damien Burrage and Jordan Clark named in an Australian Under-16’s squad afterwards.

The final will be live-streamed on www.nationalchamps.com.au, with the winner of the tournament taking home the Ricky Ponting Cup.

In recent years, the tournament has been dominated by New South Wales – who have won seven of the past 10 titles, including the past three in a row.

The School Sport Australia 15 & Under Boys National Championship is run by School Sport Australia in conjunction with Cricket Australia.

For fixtures, scores and match reports throughout the tournament, visit www.nationalchamps.com.au, or the Cricket Australia Facebook Page and Cricket Australia Pathways Twitter account.

WA Squad: Kieran Coyne (Joondalup), Harry Crane (Great Southern/Claremont-Nedlands), Thomas Drake-Brockman (South Perth), Cain Evans (Willetton), Brodee Foster (Gosnells), Jayden Goodwin (South West), Michael Herbst (Wanneroo), Alexander Ludik (Joondalup), Thomas McLean (c) (Wheatbelt/Willetton), Ewan Neilson (Melville), Stuart Smith (Willetton), Aubin Spurr (Great Southern/Claremont-Nedlands), Troyden Thorp (South West)