Australian Under 19 captain and Lendlease Breakers allrounder, Rachel Trenaman, headlines two strong squads named to represent ACT/NSW Country at the 2018/19 Under 15 and Under 18 Female National Championships.

Trenaman (Riverina) was the star performer of the recent Emerging Women Tri-Series held in South Africa and led the Australian Under 19s to a 21-run win in the Final against the South African Emerging Women. She is joined in the Under 18 squad by numerous rising stars seeking to defend the 50-over crown claimed at the 2017/18 National Championships.

Among the promising talents are leading run-scorer for the victorious ACT/NSW Country side at the Under 15 Australian titles last season, Phoebe Litchfield (Western).

Under 15 Cricket Australia squad members Deni Baker (Central North) and Jade Allen (ACT/Southern Districts) highlight the ACT/NSW Country squad selected to defend the title in that age group.

The Under 18 championships have been moved for the 2018/19 season from November-December to 14-26 January to be held in the regional Victorian towns of Bendigo and Ballarat. The 50-over component will be held in Ballarat while the 20-over component is staged at Bendigo.

Likewise, the Under 15 competition will be held during March as opposed to last season when the tournament was staged in January. ACT/NSW Country will have the home ground advantage as the ACT plays host to the event.

Cricket NSW Female Talent Manager of High Performance, Steve Jenkin, said that both squads will hold centralised training camps during the upcoming off-season before each team departs for their respective National Championships.

“ACT/NSW Country teams will be selected at the completion of the Country Championships to be held in Raymond Terrace during the second week of the October school holidays,” said Jenkin.

Trenaman was the leading run-scorer of the Emerging Women Tri-Series in April with 274 runs to her name at an average of 68.5. She made a highest score of 122 and passed fifty twice during the competition which featured the Australian Under 19 team, the England Women’s Academy and the hosts, the South Africa Emerging Women.

The allrounder was also the second leading run-scorer for ACT/NSW Country at the Under 18 National Championships last season. She scored 212 runs at 35.33 and was 72 runs behind Australian Under 19 team mate and emerging Breakers batter Tahlia Wilson, who posted 284 runs at 40.57.

Captain of the 2017/18 Under 15 National Champions, Grace Dignam (Newcastle/Central Coast), joins several star players from that team, selected in the Under 18 squad for the 2018/19 titles, including Litchfield, Hannah Green (Newcastle/Central Coast), Isabella Greig (ACT/Southern Districts), Kayla Burton (Greater Illawarra) and Hannah Faux (North Coast).

Litchfield was the third leading run-scorer at the Under 15 National Championships last season. She scored 181 runs at 45.25. Dignam was fourth on that list with a total of 170 runs at 42.50.

Green was the leading wicket-taker for ACT/NSW Country at those championships. She collected 10 scalps at 7.40 including best figures of 6-22 against South Australia in the Grand Final.

A member of the NSW Women’s team that claimed their 11th straight title at the 2018 National Indigenous Women’s Championships, Zoe Fleming, has also been selected in the ACT/NSW Country Under 18s squad.

Fleming has also been chosen in the history-making 2018 Aboriginal XI to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Pioneers’ tour of the United Kingdom, who became the first Australian sporting team to tour internationally.

The women’s squad will become the first Indigenous female team to ever tour the United Kingdom.     

Jenkin said that the Under 15 squad is practically brand new with just two players remaining from the 2017/18 championship winning team, including Baker and Maddie McGuigan (Newcastle).

Allen was an integral part of the NSW Metro side at the Under 15 national titles last season. She was second leading wicket-taker at the championships and claimed 12 wickets at 14.08 including best figures of 5-30.

Allen and Baker were two of the stand out performers for the Country Thunder and Sixers teams respectively at the recent Under 15 State Challenge held in April.

Allen produced a superb all-round performance during the tournament. She claimed three wickets at 18.67 and scored 73 runs being dismissed just the once.

The Country Thunder allrounder finished equal first and second on the list of leading wicket-takers and run-scorers respectively for the tournament.

Baker was pivotal to the success of the Country Sixers who were the eventual winners of the State Challenge. She took two wickets in three matches at the excellent average of 6.00 and miserly economy rate of 1.33.

Claire McGuirk (Central North) and Mikaylah John (ACT/Southern Districts) are another two members of the Under 15 squad who performed well for Country Thunder at that State Challenge.

McGuirk was the equal third leading run-scorer for the tournament. She posted 72 runs at 36.00, while John scored 59 runs at 29.5 to finish fifth on that list.


Under 18 ACT/ NSW Country Squad

Abbey Taylor Newcastle / Central Coast
Anika Learoyd North Coast
Allison McGrath Newcastle/ Central Coast
Alisha Bates Newcastle / Central Coast
Anita Handono North Coast
Chantelle Downey Greater Illawarra
Emma Hughes Western
Gabbie Sutcliffe Riverina
Grace Dignam Newcastle / Central Coast
Hannah Green Newcastle / Central Coast
Hannah Faux North Coast
Isabella Greig ACT/ Southern Districts
Jessica Davidson Central North
Kayla Burton Greater Illawarra
Keisha Dowsett North Coast
Lara Graham Central North
Monica Gair ACT/Southern Districts
Milly Kohl Newcastle / Central Coast
Phoebe Litchfield Western
Rachel Trenaman Riverina
Sarah Young Greater Illawarra
Zoe Fleming Central North
Camp Invitees
Janet King ACT/ Southern Districts
Katrina McEwan Western

Under 15 ACT/ NSW Country Squad

Amy Kruzberger Western
Clare Levings ACT / Southern Districts
Claire McGuirk Central North
Clare Webber Newcastle
Deni Baker Central North
Eliza Heinecke Greater Illawarra
Emelia Kavangh Central North
Georgia Martin North Coast
Holly Simmons North Coast
Isabella Cameron Central North
Jade Allen ACT / Southern Districts
Jessie Mudaliar ACT / Southern Districts
Josephine Pearce Central North
Katie Letcher Western
Lily Savelli Greater Illawarra
Maddie McGuigan Newcastle
Mikaylah John ACT / Southern Districts
Miriam Barbara Central North
Tara Rudd Greater Illawarra
Zoe Delimihalis North Coast