Women’s cricket in Queensland will showcase the immense potential of its next generation of players next month when the 2019 Under 17 Female State Challenge is held on the Sunshine Coast.
Four teams have been named for the Challenge, with the 48 players selected given the opportunity to showcase their skills against the best players in the state and gain valuable experiences at the end of the 2018-19 season.
The matches at Maroochydore Cricket Club will be held from Sunday 7th– Wednesday 10th April.
Following the Challenge competition, selectors will announce an Under-18 Female squad to participate in an extensive training program in the lead up to the 2019-20 National Championships.
Former Australian Southern Stars and South Australian Redbacks coach Mark Sorell will coach one of the teams while ex-Queensland Fire and WBBL Brisbane Heat coach Andy Richards, recently returned from a stint with the Pakistan women’s team, will coach another.
The teams include recent Australian U15 squad selections Mikayla Wrigley (Sunshine Coast), Sianna Ginger (Townsville) and Goondiwindi allrounder Meg Mettam who plays Premier Cricket for Sandgate-Redcliffe.
Valley allrounder Charli Knott, who made her debut for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire this season and was a contracted player with the championship WBBL Brisbane Heat team will captain one of the teams.
She will tour New Zealand from tomorrow with the Australian Under-19 women’s team alongside her Queensland teammates Josie Dooley and Courtney Sippel.
It continues a breakthrough summer for women's cricket in the State, with the Queensland Under-18 team winning the National T20 title and finishing third in the one-day series, the U-15 team making the semi-finals and at a senior level, the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire team making the WNCL Final and the WBBL Brisbane Heat winning the club's first Rebel Women's Big Bash League title.
At a pathway level, the Under-17 Challenge series follows the successful staging of Under-13 and Under-15 Challenge series earlier in the season.
Ellie Johnston (C) Ipswich/Logan CC
Ryleigh Wotherspoon (WK) ** Pioneer Valley CC (Mackay)
Abbey Toschach Atherton CC
Olivia Roche Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Sarah Grove Ipswich/Logan CC
Meg Mettam Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Chloe Murphy Western Suburbs DCC
Georgia Sandford Gold Coast DCC
Alana Romano Innisfail DCA
Charlotte Briggs Sunshine Coast CC
Charlotte Lutz ** Sunshine Coast CC
Grace Parsons Gold Coast DCC
Coach: Andy Richards
Assistant Coach / Manager: Anthony Clark
Ruby Strange (C) Boyne Island CC (Gladstone)
Jess Bradley (WK) Valley DCC
Ruth Johnston Ipswich/Logan CC
Chelsea Gan (WK) Gold Coast DCC
Paige Hatherell Sunshine Coast CC
Olivia Steel ** South Brisbane CC
Clodagh Ryall Redlands CC
Sofi Maddox Valley DCC
Gabby Lockwood Wynnum Manly DCC
Lucy Bourke Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Ella Cornelius Gold Coast CC
Jamie Cope Valley DCC
Coach: Steve Collins
Assistant Coach / Manager: Ciara Metcalfe/Nathan Maddox
Georgia Voll (C) Ipswich/Logan CC
Mikayla Wrigley (WK) Sunshine Coast CC
Kirsten Davey Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Keyra Smith Proserpine JCA
Emma Jackson Ipswich/Logan CC
Jemma Savill** Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Julia Cavanough Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Sianna Ginger Norths CC (Townsville)
Olivia Voss Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Ella Anderson Southern Suburbs CC (Mackay)
Gina Bidgood Ipswich/Logan CC
Hiruni Liyanarachchi Don Gold Coast CC
Coach: Richard Griffiths
Assistant Coach / Manager: Mel Knack
Charli Knott (C) Valley DCC
Caitlin Mair (WK) Sandgate/Redcliffe DCC
Kate McDonald University of QLD CC
Kira Holmes (WK) Ipswich/Logan CC
Eliza Barnett University of QLD CC
Emily Vallance Valley DCC
Olivia Hartland Western Suburbs DCC
Hayley Campbell Gold Coast CC
Zoe Valencic Sunshine Coast CC
Shaq Friske Ipswich/Logan CC
Jessica Pang Redlands CC
Hanae Fearon Sunshine Coast CC
Coach: Mark Sorell
Assistant Coach / Manager: Paul Anderson
** denotes pending fitness test