Goulburn Valley cricket stars continue to rise across the region, with four local girls selected for state representation this week.
The quartet — Arnika McGregor, Georgia Gall, Abby Christie and Ruby O’Dwyer — will take on the country’s best under-15 female talent early next year after it was announced this week they had made the final cut for Victoria Country.
Trials began for the squad in June, with the location of sessions including the MCG, with Cricket Victoria providing access to some of its elite high-performance coaches and players for the girls to learn from.
McGregor, who plies her trade for Central Park-St Brendan’s Cricket Club, is no stranger to the side after notching eight caps at last season’s national carnival.
The future star is quickly rising up the ranks at the Tigers, debuting in the Jim McGregor Shield (C-grade) this season and averaging 10 with the bat.
McGregor is also yet to be dismissed at under-16 level and has figures of 1-24 from her eight overs with the ball in the junior ranks.
Gall has only played two matches for her home club Euroa so far this season, averaging 16 with the bat and taking 5-44 from 14 overs with the ball, including a best bowling of 3-21 from seven overs.
The Magpie will not be daunted by the big stage of a national championship though after appearing four times for Plenty Valley in the Women’s Premier Seconds last season and taking four wickets.
O’Dwyer and Christie play in the Seymour District Cricket Association for the Yea Tigers.
Christie has taken four wickets in three matches in her under-16 competition, while O’Dwyer is splitting her time between B-grade and junior commitments.
In the senior ranks she has taken five wickets from 15.2 overs, as well as three from 19 in the juniors, and has a high score of 25 from the combined eight games so far in this campaign.
With all four girls part of the Northern Rivers team which claimed state championship glory last season, the signs are positive that Country will be a cohesive unit on the field for the January 17-24 tournament in Adelaide.