A record nine women cricketers selected
Bay of Plenty Cricket has been rewarded with its investment in women's and girls’ cricket in spades, with a record nine players selected for Northern Districts teams this season.
“Having nine players involved in the ND Representative teams this season is outstanding,” says Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee.
“The girls have put in a lot of time and effort into their games to get them to this level. It is great to see them being rewarded through their selection. We will be watching their tournaments closely and hope to see some great performances.”
Holly Topp and Brianna Perry are currently representing Northern Districts at the annual NZ Cricket Under 19 Women's Tournament, being played in Canterbury. Holly has earned selection as captain of the side, with both players being outstanding examples of the success of the Bay of Plenty Cricket female age-group pathway.
Sarah Jane Stone and Tash Wakelin earned a ND Under 17 call-up, after performing well at Northern Premier League games. Sarah Jane was one of the batting stars at the recent ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament held in Tauranga, winning the batting prize for most runs.
Amelia Harvey, Elle Archer, Jorja Neill and Sabine Attrill received early Christmas presents, after selection for the ND Under 15 Girls side, to play at the NZ Cricket National tournament to be held in Wanganui 6-10 January 2020. Mya Clarke's potential was also recognized as a non-traveling reserve for the team.
Tash, Sarah Jane, Amelia, Elle and Mya all play for the Papamoa Hinds in Western Bay Junior Cricket competition.
“Girls cricket in Bay of Plenty has grown over the past six years,” says their Coach Jake Ryan.
“We now have more opportunities and girls being recognized due to consistency of them playing together frequently. I am very proud of these girls and their commitment to cricket. Providing a positive culture and moments, allows for lifelong friendships and memories to be made. It is an exciting time for the girls selected and to see Bay of Plenty Girls’ cricket so strong.”
BOPCA Northern Districts Selections
NZ Cricket National U19 Women’s Tournament @ Lincoln December 17-23 2019
ND Under 19: Holly Topp (Captain) Brianna Perry
ND U17 v Auckland @ Auckland January 6-8 2020
ND Under 17: Sarah Jane Stone, Tash Wakelin
NZ Cricket National Under 15 Girls Tournament @ Wanganui 6-10 January 2020
ND Under 15: Amelia Harvey, Elle Archer, Jorja Neill, Sabine Attrill - Non Travelling Reserve: Mya Clarke