Taking on nation’s best

November 23, 2016

Apple Isle: Tallygaroopna cricket talent Teagan Brett is in Tasmania to represent the Cricket Australia XI at the under-18 national titles starting today.

Tallygaroopna’s Teagan Brett will take another major stride in her burgeoning cricket career this week.

The young gun headed to Hobart on Monday to prepare for the Cricket Australia Under-18 Female National Championships.

Brett, 15, was selected in the Cricket Australia XI after impressing at an under-15 camp in Brisbane in September.

Teagan’s father, Darryl Brett, said the hard work his daughter had put in during the past four years was paying off.

‘‘There’s been lots of trips up and down the highway to Melbourne,’’ Darryl said.

‘‘In the few years she’s been dong it, we’ve seen lots of good cricketers and the standard of female cricket is improving all the time.

‘‘It’s hardest during the June-July period when she’s playing netball for Congupna then having to go to Melbourne for training, but she enjoys it and that’s the main thing.’’

Brett has starred when playing for Northern Rivers and captained Victoria’s under-15 team in the 2014 national championships.

This year’s team features six representatives from NSW, five Victorians and two Queensland players.

The Cricket Australia XI gathered in the Tasmanian capital a day earlier than the other teams to bond before play begins tomorrow.

Darryl and wife Kerry will be flying south tonight to watch their daughter to take on the country’s best.

‘‘It’s a huge challenge for her and she’ll get to play girls older than her and she’s one of the youngest in her team as she’s not 16 until February,’’ Darryl said.

‘‘It’s a great set-up over there and she’s always been treated very well by Cricket Victoria and I’m sure Cricket Australia will be the same.’’

It is a big schedule, with the campaign getting under way at Lindisfarne Oval tomorrow against Queensland.

CA will then play matches against Tasmania, NSW Metro, Victoria, ACT/NSW Country, South Australia and Western Australia.

Finals will be held on Tuesday.

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