Northern Rivers’ cricket squads have been finalised for the Victorian Championships.
There is plenty of Shepparton district representation in the respective teams, with the tournaments to take place in December and January.
Kyabram’s Cade Mueller and Central Park-St Brendan’s Josh Larkin will lead the under-18 side, with the Redbacks batsman named captain, while the Tigers young gun will act as deputy.
Larkin is not the only Central Park-St Brendan’s player to be included, with Alistair McCann also getting a run.
Karramomus batsman Andrew Poppa has been rewarded for a good start to the season in A-grade.
Waaia’s Jordan and Mitch Cleeland and Moama’s Darcy Elliott round out the region’s players.
The rest of the team hails from the Bendigo region.
Tallygaroopna-raised Northerners star Teagan Brett has been selected as captain of the under-18 female team.
Ada Chessor (Euroa), Bridie Coulston (Pine Lodge), Bridget Drum (Shepparton United) and Mardi Petherick (Tatura) ensured there is plenty of Cricket Shepparton talent in the top-age girls’ team.
Former Northern Rivers underage star Hope Irvine will act as team manager after graduating to senior cricket.
In the under-16 teams, up-and-coming fast bowlers Ethan Baxter (Central Park-St Brendan’s) and Harry Tonks (Shepparton United) have been rewarded for terrific efforts in A-grade.
Baxter and Tonks have been leading the bowling attacks in the top-level of Cricket Shepparton in dominant teams.
Baxter’s Tigers teammate Connor Holland has also been given a run in the 13-player squad. Cricket Shepparton’s Felicity Prenter, Helena Hosie and Carrie Hall (Mooroopna) will play for the under-16 female team.
The under-14 male team is almost half made up of players from the Shepparton competition, with Patrick Cormican and Mitchell Trevaskis (Notre Dame-St Brendan’s), Connor Hangan (Old Students), Kody Jackson (Numurkah) and Ethan Warburton (Shepparton United) featuring.
The female under-14 team, to be coached by Mitch Winter-Irving and Leah Morrison, sees Arnika McGregor (Toolamba), Georgia Gall (Euroa), Tegbir Kaur (Karramomus) and Eloise Walker (Northerners) rewarded with spots.