The Tasmanian U15 Girls team has just returned from Western Sydney following its most successful National Championships since their inclusion in 2009.
The squad of 13 players left from Hobart & Launceston on Tuesday 27th November determined to create history for the state and themselves. Coached by North West Regional Cricket Manager Adam Drinkwell & Female Game Development Officer Mia Blignaut, the girls produced some outstanding results as a team and also individually.
With a focus of playing ball by ball, inch by inch, the girls were extremely competitive in the first 2 games against Victoria & South Australia. By the time we started our game against reigning Champions Queensland at Blacktown International Sportspark, the temperature was close to 40 degrees.
Queensland were restricted to 6-113 from 20 overs and after we lost 2 early wickets, co-captains Caitlyn Webster & Demi Rooke compiled a brisk 65 run partnership to get us within striking distance.
Demi continued pushing on and with the help of a massive six by Shaelee McGillvery and an unbroken partnership 27 from 16 balls, we managed to pass the score in the final over and record Tasmania’s first ever win by a female youth team at a National Championship. It was also a new Tasmania record team score for this age group to win the game.
However the girls were not content on only winning one game and after a solid performance against NSW, we met Western Australia in the final T20 game.
Batting first, we betted our record score from Friday to post 3-121. All our batters contributed and when we had to stop for a short rain break, WA required 33 runs from 30 balls with 8 wickets left.
The girls came out firing led by Dana Lester & Olivia McDonald and took 7-18 to help us secure win number two. Both these girls set new Tasmanian Individual bowling records.
Another super bowling & fielding effort against the ACT and a competitive batting display saw us finish 5th after all the pool games.
We then played WA again in the playoff for 5th on Finals Day. Bowling first, the girls displayed all the potential and development by bowling WA out for 68. Madeleine Chick with her off spinners claimed 3-9 to break the girl’s record from the previous game against WA.
We comfortably reached the target with the loss of only three wickets with once again Caitlyn Webster, Demi Rooke & Erin Fazackerley batting very well.
We finished 5th to record Tasmania’s best result ever and along with this set these new records:
- Highest Team score – 6/115 vs QLD, then 3/121 vs WA.
- Most runs by an Individual – Demi Rooke (160) & Caitlyn Webster (158).
- Best Individual Bowling – Madeleine Chick 3/9, Olivia McDonald 3/11, Dana Lester 3/12.
- Most Wins – 3
Demi Rooke capped off a fine carnival by being named in the Team of the Championships. Along with her 160 runs, she also took 6 wickets, 7 catches & 3 run outs.
Everyone is very proud of these amazing 13 girls and what they have achieved. Congratulations girls, it was an amazing time!
The team: Demi Rooke (co captain), Caitlyn Webester (co captain), Erin Fazackerley (co captain), Dana Lester, Jane Riley, Madeleine Chick, Olivia McDonald, Jessica Schnoor, Rhianne Hack, Madeline Clark, Courtney Webb, Shaelee McGillvery & Emma Manix-Geeves.