Julia Crockett-Grills and her Victorian teammates will go straight into the deep end at the Cricket Australia Under-18 National Championships, which begin in Ballarat today.DAMEN FRANCIS January 16, 2013 4:15am
Julia Crockett-Grills and her Victorian teammates will go straight into the deep end at the Cricket Australia Under-18 National Championships, which begin in Ballarat today.
Victoria opens its campaign against reigning champion and competition powerhouse NSW in a match that could have a big say in the race for the title.
The classy Kyabram cricketer has been named vice-captain of the side and is looking to make the most of her last year of underage representative cricket.
‘‘We came third last year (and) we’ve always been in the top three,’’ Crockett-Grills said.
‘‘It’s our last year and I’m hoping to win and definitely beat NSW.
‘‘They are always going to be tough and Queensland as well, so it’s probably those two teams that will be our main threats.’’
Crockett-Grills, has been in good touch this season, taking regular wickets with the ball for both Victorian Women’s Premier Cricket team Box Hill and Goulburn Murray Cricket club Kyabram Fire Brigade, where she has played B-grade and C-grade.
A century for Northern Rivers at the Victorian Under-18 Championships last month proved she is also more than capable with the bat.
The 18-year-old is expected to open the bowling and bat in the middle-order this week and she said her personal aim for the tournament was ‘‘just to be consistent’’.
On her leadership role, Crockett-Grills said she found out last week and was looking forward to the extra responsibility.
‘‘I’ll need to kind of be the captain’s little pet, help her out where I can and make sure everyone is kind of moulding together and try and set a good example,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s my last year in the underage, so it’s exciting to have a place in it.
‘‘We should do pretty well, we’ve got a fairly new team this year, so there’s the new faces, but we should go all right.
‘‘There is still some top-age, middle-age and bottom-age.
‘‘Ever since the Victorian Championships I’ve made some runs, so hopefully I can still pull it all together.’’
The championships finals will be played on Tuesday.
Great time had at this year's Barmah Muster.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Friday’s annual primary inter-school cross country meet will see a broader variety of students taking part, as well as the introduction of a new finish line.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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