Central Highlands under-14 girls seek VicSpirit championship title

CENTRAL Highlands under-14 girls resume their quest for the VicSpirit state championship in Ascot Vale tomorrow.

The Highlanders must beat the Western Waves in a semi-final at Fairbairn Park to reach the afternoon’s title match.

Four top-ranked teams from day one of preliminary rounds in mid-January went through to the semis after days two and three were abandoned due to excessive heat.

The Highlanders had chalked up strong wins against Inner East Emus and Gippsland Pride on day one.

Central Highlands regional cricket manager Campbell Waring said the girls were excited about playing semi-finals cricket.

“Our Highlanders’ under-14 girls squad was desperately disappointed when the championships had to be initially abandoned, as they had been playing extremely well and were getting on so well as a group,” Waring said.

“The squad has got excellent depth this year, which was a strong aspect of our under-14 girls’  program as we had 25 girls training with the squad.

“We have some strong leaders in Sophie Van De Heuvel and Sarah Phillips and some really exciting talent in the group,” she said.

Jess Kile has done a wonderful job as coach in instructing the girls, she said. Semi-final winners will battle for the title from 1.20pm alongside a play-off for third place.

TEAM

Imogen Barlow (Gisborne)

Jessica Dugdale-Walker (Woodend)

Michaela Dunn (Carisbrook)

Karly Griffits (St Andrews)

Georgia Kerr (Gisborne)

Sarah Lidgett (Golden Point)

Bianca Mackay (Gisborne)

Choney Meemusour (Guildford)

Kaitlynn Paterson (Romsey)

Sarah Phillips (Tatyoon)

Kayla Stuchbree (Chalambar)

Tahleah Ticehurst (Darley)

Sophie Van De Heuvel (Golden Point)

Coach: Jess Kile

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