It’s Dubai next

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE green and gold awaits some of Townsville’s top in­door crick­eters af­ter their show­ings at the na­tional ti­tles.

The ju­nior and se­nior na­tion­als for in­door cricket were held in Mackay last month and Townsville ath­letes played a big part in the suc­cess Queens­land en­joyed at the event.

Lo­cal Samantha Dixon and Court­ney He­witt played star­ring roles for the Queens­land un­der- 21 ladies side, with the team fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all af­ter go­ing down to Vic­to­ria in the grand fi­nal.

The duo were un­able to lift the cham­pi­onship tro­phy but that blow was soft­ened as they both were named in the Aus­tralian team to play in the un­der- 21 World Cup in Dubai this Septem­ber.

For­mer Townsville res­i­dent Mea­gan n Dixon also caught the eye of se­lec­tors, earn­ing a spot at the World Cup af­ter help­ing her state take home the ti­tle inn the open women’s di­vi­sion.

Pres­i­dent of Townsville ju­nior In­door Cricket Pe­ter Busch praised the ef­forts of the girls and said he was look­ing for­ward to fol­low­ing their progress in the Aus­tralian team.

“Wear­ing the green and gold is a fan­tas­tic hon­our and th­ese girls train hard all year around to be ready for big tour­na­ments like this,” he said.

“They have played for Australia be­fore and I’m sure they’ll do their coun­try proud in Dubai.”

While there are no ju­nior World Cups this year, Aus­tralian “All- Star” teams were named af­ter the ti­tles, with three lo­cal up- and- com­ers earn­ing the hon­our.

Camp­bell Cor­ri­gan ( 12 boys), Travis Busch ( 15 boys) ) and d St Stacy Rock­liff ( 17 girls) were re­warded for their great tour­na­ments with All- Star se­lec­tion and Busch said the young stars were part of a host of lo­cal emerg­ing tal­ents.

“It’s a great time for in­door in Townsville at the mo­ment, our ju­nior num­bers are very strong and more and more play­ers are get­ting in­volved,” he said.

BIG HITS: Samantha Dixon, 18, and Court­ney He­witt, 21, have made the Aus­tralian in­door cricket team for the World Cup ( main) and ju­nior Aus­tralian All- Stars play­ers Camp­bell Cor­ri­gan, 14, Travis Busch, 15 and Stacy Rock­liff, 16. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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