WORLD SE­RIES CALL FOR HARD­WORK­ING SIS­TERS

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

THE Dixon sis­ters will have their fam­ily name up in lights at this year’s In­door Cricket World Se­ries.

Ka­t­rina, 14, and Sa­man­tha, 16, will play in Aus­tralia’s 17 and Un­der girls team at the up­com­ing four- na­tions tour­na­ment in Bris­bane, fol­low­ing the foot­steps of old­est sis­ter Mea­gan, 18, who is an ex­pe­ri­enced Aus­tralian ju­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Sa­man­tha and Ka­t­rina are mak­ing their 17 years and Un­der Aus­tralian de­buts but Sa­man­tha gained valu­able

in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter play­ing along­side Mea­gan in last year’s Aus­tralian Un­der- 20 ladies team.

“Mea­gan blazed a trail and her sis­ters have fol­lowed,” Townsville Cricket spokesman and Aus­tralian 17 years and Un­der coach Peter Fry said.

“They are a real sport­ing fam­ily and they all strive to be as good as each other and we have such a great group of girls here in Townsville that it’s only nat­u­ral that – af­ter be­ing around them and train­ing with them – they would reach such a high level.

“It’s a great re­sult for the hard work they do and the pas­sion they have for the sport.” Sa­man­tha and Ka­t­rina were part of Queens­land’s 17 years and Un­der girls squad that fin­ished run­ners up to New South Wales Coun­try at this year’s na­tion­als, with their strong per­for­mances re­sult­ing in Aus­tralian team se­lec­tion.

Fel­low Townsville squad mem­ber Blayne Gibbs also im­pressed se­lec­tors by mak­ing the Aus­tralia A 17 and Un­der girls team.

“This is an ex­cit­ing time for the sport and a great achieve­ment for these lo­cal play­ers to show­case their tal­ents at this level,” Townsville Ju­nior In­door Cricket pres­i­dent Peter Busch said. “It is good to see these play­ers who have come through the lo­cal ju­nior ranks achieve this hon­our of rep­re­sent­ing their coun­try.”

Mea­gan and Sa­man­tha will have a welcome lead- up to the World Se­ries at next week’s Open Na­tion­als, play­ing in Queens­land’s Open Women’s team.

They will be joined at the na­tion­als by other Townsville prod­ucts Rhys Dear­ness, An­drew Boyle and Hay­den Searle ( QLD Open Men), Court­ney He­witt and Kait­lyn Harris ( QLD Open Women) and Jake Re­bgetz, Brad Wil­liams and Jor­dan Floyd ( QLD U19s).

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

TAL­ENTED TRIO: Townsville sis­ters Mea­gan, 18, Ka­t­rina, 14, and Sa­man­tha Dixon, 16, are all rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at the up­com­ing In­door Cricket World Se­ries.

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