The region’s next generation of rising stars have taken another step towards state representation this week with the progression of two Cricket Victoria academy squads.
The under-15 female Victoria Country training squad has been whittled down to 15 players, with Arnika McGregor (Central Park-St Brendan’s), Georgia Gall (Euroa), Abby Christie and Ruby O’Dwyer (Seymour District Cricket Association team Yea) all moving forward to this penultimate stage.
A final team of 13 will be announced in November for the national championships in January, with this second phase of training set to continue until then.
McGregor is no stranger to the selection process, taking 7-95 from 21 overs at this year’s championships after captaining Country Northern Rivers to a state title at the under-14 tournament.
All four girls were involved in that state victory, meaning the quartet will work extremely well if they all make it through to the final team.
Gall smashed 89 runs and took six wickets during the successful campaign, while O’Dwyer (85 runs and four wickets) and Christie (45 and four) also contributed heavily.
The under-19 male academy squads have also moved to the next stage, with Andrew Poppa (Karramomus) and Josh Larkin (Central Park-St Brendan’s) making the latest cut.
Four teams have been named for the upcoming trial series at Barooga this month, with Poppa set to line up for Country Green and Larkin for the combined Country and Metro team throughout two Twenty20 and two one-day games at the tournament.
A Metro Blue and Futures League Academy team will also compete in the Barooga round-robin, with plenty of selection significance to be placed on performances across the week.
Final squads will be named at the end of October in preparation for the national championships in Tasmania in December, allowing early-season club form to also come into calculations.