Bucks re­builds from the young­sters up

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - BRETT STUBBS

THE re­build has be­gun at New Town, and it is be­ing con­structed by the ju­niors.

While the wins are far from flow­ing for the Bucks, New Town has four play­ers rep­re­sent­ing Tas­ma­nia in the un­der-15s, 17s and 19s state boys sides this sea­son, but the fe­male tal­ent com­ing through is even more im­pres­sive with four un­der-18 play­ers se­lected in the squad of 13.

Wick­et­keeper-bat­ter Emma Manix-Geeves, 18, leg spin­ner Cas­san­dra McLough­lin, 14, all-rounder Grace Mol­nar and top-or­der bat Amy Smith all made the trip to coun­try Vic­to­ria for the na­tion­als that started yes­ter­day.

Manix-Geeves is no stranger to rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket, hav­ing played for the state at seven car­ni­vals and has been a mem­ber of the na­tional indige­nous team that toured Eng­land last year.

“I said to the girls yes­ter­day it is not all about win­ning,” Manix-Geeves said.

“Ev­ery club has their lows and I think at the mo­ment we are re­build­ing from one, so I think the fu­ture is look­ing good for New Town.

“We are ob­vi­ously not go­ing too well this year, but there are a lot of good young girls com­ing through so it is look­ing promis­ing for the fu­ture.”

Even at just 18, ManixGeeves has seen first-hand the ex­plo­sion in women’s sport, es­pe­cially cricket.

“It is really ex­cit­ing to be part of it,” she said.

“Other sports like net­ball and hockey have to pay thou­sands of dol­lars to go away, we don’t have to do that. It is def­i­nitely very en­cour­ag­ing and good to see lots of girls get­ting around it too.”

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