Clare O’Brien hopes to make the Queensland team.
Clare O’Brien hopes to make the Queensland team. Renee Pilcher

Gympie to host State Girls Cricket

GYMPIE is gearing up to host the Queensland State Girls Cricket Championships this weekend with eight local players sizing up the state’s best.

The competition, being hosted by Gympie for the first time, kicks off with an opening ceremony 8.45am Sunday and concludes next Tuesday at the One Mile Ovals.

Representing Gympie and playing for Wide Bay are Clare O’Brien (Gympie West), Stephanie Mills (Gympie South) and Madeline Austin (Gympie Central).

Meanwhile, five other young female cricketers have been asked to play in an invitational side, known as the President’s Team.

These players include Shanelle Adams (St Patrick’s College), Maddison Shinnick (Gympie South), Kya Messer (Gympie West) and Jocelyn Hennig (Jones Hill).

In total, seven regions and the invitational side will be taking part, showcasing plenty of young talent.

Organiser of the Carnival Shereene Moy looked forward to the competition getting underway.

“It’s a great honour for Gympie to host this event and it will be interesting to see how the local girls go,” she said.

At the conclusion of the championships, a Queensland team will be announced for national competition.

O’Brien made the Queensland squad last year and is hopeful of her chances at making the grade again this year.

“If Clare can perform again she should be a strong local chance of making the Queensland team,” Moy said.

Gympie Times


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