Melville’s fab five in state squad

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

FIVE Melville cricket play­ers have been in­cluded in WA’s fi­nal 13-player squad for the Fe­male Un­der-18 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Ho­bart.

The Storm’s Ni­amh Walsh, who com­peted at last year’s tour­na­ment, will skip­per the side, with club mate Ash­lee King shar­ing the deputy du­ties with Su­bi­aco Floreat’s Jess Emery.

Re­becca West, Ge­orgie Ire­land and Ge­orgie Mid­dle­ton have also all made the cut.

WA coach Orazio San­talu­cia said the Un­der-18 squad had been work­ing to­gether since late July.

“There are eight girls who re­turn from last sea­son’s squad as well as a few Un­der-15 squad grad­u­ates from last sea­son,” he said.

“Three of the squad (Walsh, West and King) are also part of the WACA Fe­male Academy which has al­lowed the girls to in­te­grate into the West­ern Fury pro­gram through­out the pre-sea­son.

“I’d ex­pect solid con­tri­bu­tions from these girls as well as pos­si­bly putting for­ward a strong case for in­clu­sion into the Cricket Aus­tralia Un­der-18 de­vel­op­ment squad fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment.”

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