The 13-player Queensland squad named today contains six members of the Queensland Fire squad which finished their Women’s National Cricket League campaign in style this week.
The Fire defeated NSW Breakers in their last regular season game of the WNCL, with allrounder Charli Knott named as player of the match.
Knott is joined in the Under-19 squad by opening batter Georgia Voll, wicket-keeper Caitlin Mair, leg-spinner Grace Parsons, allrounder Ellie Johnston and 15-year-old left-arm pace bowler Lucy Hamilton.
Hamilton, who plays with the Across the Waves club in Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast Scorchers, became Queensland’s youngest WNCL wicket-taker when she picked up two wickets on debut for the Fire.
There is a strong regional presence in the Under-19 team with University of Queensland pace bowler Ruby Strange (Gladstone), Valley batter Sianna Ginger (Townsville), pace bowler Bonnie Berry (Emerald Brothers) and Valley batter Kira Holmes (Warwick) along those from the country who have developed their skills in the Katherine Raymont Shield competition this season.
Berry played matches for Wynnum-Manly/Redlands during the season and is joined in the Under-19 squad by her Wynnum teammate, allrounder Holly Barr.
Voll (Toowoomba), Johnston (Dalby & Toowoomba), and Knott (Mackay) followed a similar pathway from regional cricket on the way to becoming regular starters for the Queensland Fire and WBBL Brisbane Heat.
Knott, Berry, and Hamilton are all past recipients of the Jodie Fields Scholarship which is awarded on an annual basis by the former Queensland and Australian captain to promising regional female players.
More than 50 young female players from the Queensland system will be involved in some form of representative cricket over the next month, with the State Under-18 Challenge series being held in Caloundra at the same time as the Nationals titles, and several Under-19 players named in the Queensland Country Women’s team that will play matches in Albury next month.
The Queensland Under-19 team will be coached by Fire and WBBL Heat coach Ashley Noffke and State Talent Manager Mark Sorell, the former coach of the Australian Women’s team.
The squad was chosen in consultation with Queensland Women’s Selection Chair Me Bulow, with the former Fire and Australian batter having input into the youth pathway selections.
The National titles run from 7-14 April in Adelaide.
2021-22 Queensland Under-19 Women’s Team
Charli Knott (University of Qld)
Ruby Strange (University of Qld)
Georgia Voll (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Caitlin Mair (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Julia Cavanough (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Holly Barr (Wynnum-Manly/Redlands)
Bonnie Berry (Wynnum-Manly/Redlands)
Kira Holmes (Valley)
Sianna Ginger (Valley)
Grace Parsons (Gold Coast)
Lily Bassingthwaighte (Western Suburbs)
Ellie Johnston (Sunshine Coast)
Lucy Hamilton (Sunshine Coast)