The squad released today contains several players who stood out in the recent Rookie Challenge series in Brisbane, which brought together four teams of promising female players aged from 13 to 17 to play T20 and one-day games, and the Queensland Schools 13-15yrs State Championships held in Toowoomba last weekend.
Several of the Queensland squad are playing in the my FootDr Premier Cricket competition, at either Katherine Raymont Shield (first grade) or Jodie Fields Shield (second grade) level.
Included in the squad are six players from the Ipswich/Logan Hornets women’s team which won the Jodie Fields Shield competition last year in their first season together. Five of the six are products of the Darling Downs while another, pace bowler Meg Mettam, is from Goondiwindi.
There are also two players from Gladstone.
The team will prepare across the school holidays and have a live-in camp in Brisbane prior to the championships that run from Wednesday 17 - Tuesday 23rd January 2018.
Queensland will be coached by former Konica Minolta Queensland Fire captain Jude Coleman, who recently captained Australia to the World Women’s Indoor title, and is a Coach & Talent Development Specialist with QC.
QC State Talent and Pathways Manager – Female, Andy Richards, said the rapid growth in the number of girls playing the game over the past few years was starting to be reflected at Pathway representative level.
“We certainly noticed at this year’s Rookie Challenge that the standard had jumped from what had been a pretty high level already in the older girls, with the younger ones displaying impressive skills,’’ he said.
“We’ve seen at the State Under-15 girls’ titles that there are some very promising players pushing their claims which made for quite a competitive selection process,” Richards said.
Mackay product Charli Knott, now playing Premier cricket for Valley, was a member of the squad last season along with Ruby Strange, Ruth Johnston and Caitlin Mair who all return for another shot at the title.
Queensland last won the championships in 2011-12.
2017-18 Queensland U-15 Girls National Championships Squad
Ruby Blunn (University of Qld)
Julia Cavanough (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Kira Holmes (Ipswich-Logan CC/Toowoomba)
Ellie Johnston (Ipswich-Logan CC/Toowoomba)
Ruth Johnston (Ipswich-Logan CC/Toowoomba)
Charli Knott (Valley)
Caitlin Mair (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Meg Mettam (Ipswich-Logan CC/Goondiwindi)
Chloe Murphy (Ipswich-Logan CC/Toowoomba)
Olivia Roche (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Brooke Sheridan (Gladstone)
Ruby Strange (subject to fitness) (Gladstone)
Georgia Voll (Ipswich-Logan CC/Toowoomba)
Stand by: Hayley Campbell (Gold Coast)
Jude Coleman – Coach
Andy Richards – Assistant Coach