Melville’s fab five in state squad
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.”