Two Mackay cricketers get a crack at Knott
CRICKET: Three Mackay girls are set to compete alongside 48 of the best young cricketers in the state after being selected for the 2019 Under 17 Female State Challenge.
Ella Anderson and Ryleigh Wotherspoon will compete at the same tier as Charli Knott, who joined the Brisbane Heat WBBL team last year.
Four teams have been named for the Challenge, with each of our champions picked into a different squad.
Valley allrounder Knott, who also made her debut for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire this season, will captain the Sparks team.
Anderson will play for team Flash while Wotherspoon is the wicket-keeper for Ember.
To be held at the Sunshine Coast from April 7-10, the girls will have the chance to jump into the under-18 female squad to participate in an extensive training program.
Former Australian Southern Stars and South Australian Redbacks coach Mark Sorell will coach one of the teams while ex-Queensland Fire and WBBL Brisbane Heat coach Andy Richards, who recently returned from a stint with the Pakistan women's team, will coach another.
The teams include recent Australian under-15 squad selections Mikayla Wrigley (Sunshine Coast), Sianna Ginger (Townsville) and Goondiwindi allrounder Meg Mettam who plays Premier cricket for Sandgate-Redcliffe.
Knott began her New Zealand tour on Saturday with the Australian under-19 women's team alongside fellow Queenslanders Josie Dooley and Courtney Sippel.
Under 17 Female State Challenge Teams
Ellie Johnston (C) Ipswich/Logan CC
Ryleigh Wotherspoon (WK) ** Pioneer Valley CC (Mackay)
Abbey Toschach Atherton CC
Olivia Roche Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Sarah Grove Ipswich/Logan CC
Meg Mettam Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Chloe Murphy Western Suburbs DCC
Georgia Sandford Gold Coast DCC
Alana Romano Innisfail DCA
Charlotte Briggs Sunshine Coast CC
Charlotte Lutz ** Sunshine Coast CC
Grace Parsons Gold Coast DCC
Coach: Andy Richards
Assistant Coach / Manager: Anthony Clark
Ruby Strange (C) Boyne Island CC (Gladstone)
Jess Bradley (WK) Valley DCC
Ruth Johnston Ipswich/Logan CC
Chelsea Gan (WK) Gold Coast DCC
Paige Hatherell Sunshine Coast CC
Olivia Steel ** South Brisbane CC
Clodagh Ryall Redlands CC
Sofi Maddox Valley DCC
Gabby Lockwood Wynnum Manly DCC
Lucy Bourke Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Ella Cornelius Gold Coast CC
Jamie Cope Valley DCC
Coach: Steve Collins
Assistant Coach / Manager: Ciara Metcalfe/Nathan Maddox
Georgia Voll (C) Ipswich/Logan CC
Mikayla Wrigley (WK) Sunshine Coast CC
Kirsten Davey Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Keyra Smith Proserpine JCA
Emma Jackson Ipswich/Logan CC
Jemma Savill** Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Julia Cavanough Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Sianna Ginger Norths CC (Townsville)
Olivia Voss Sandgate-Redcliffe DCC
Ella Anderson Southern Suburbs CC (Mackay)
Gina Bidgood Ipswich/Logan CC
Hiruni Liyanarachchi Don Gold Coast CC
Coach: Richard Griffiths
Assistant Coach / Manager: Mel Knack
Charli Knott (C) Valley DCC
Caitlin Mair (WK) Sandgate/Redcliffe DCC
Kate McDonald University of QLD CC
Kira Holmes (WK) Ipswich/Logan CC
Eliza Barnett University of QLD CC
Emily Vallance Valley DCC
Olivia Hartland Western Suburbs DCC
Hayley Campbell Gold Coast CC
Zoe Valencic Sunshine Coast CC
Shaq Friske Ipswich/Logan CC
Jessica Pang Redlands CC
Hanae Fearon Sunshine Coast CC
Coach: Mark Sorell
Assistant Coach / Manager: Paul Anderson