Northerners cricketer Teagan Brett has been chosen to represent Victoria at the School Sport Australia 12-years-and under Cricket Championships.By Damen Francis
Good things are happening in Cricket Shepparton’s north and one of the most exciting prospects comes in the form of tenacious Teagan Brett.
In just her second season of cricket, the Tallygaroopna Primary School student has been chosen to represent Victoria at the School Sport Australia 12-years-and-under Cricket Championships.
Brett will travel to Bendigo in January to test herself against Australia’s best and she said nerves were not a factor.
The all-rounder is the little sister of budding Northerners A-grade stars Mitchell and Joel Brett and has made the most of having a pair of mentors in her own backyard.
‘‘I’ve always been watching my brothers play for a lot of years, because I’ve been dragged around a bit, and I thought I would just try out and I enjoyed it, so I kept playing,’’ Brett, 12, said.
‘‘They help me out with my batting. They tell me to get my front foot out and wait for the ball, don’t just swing too hard all the time, time it.’’
Mitchell, 17, has impressed at the top of the order this season, making starts in each of his six innings, through the A-grade Twenty20 and Haisman Shield competitions.
Joel, 16, has been playing junior cricket in the morning, before batting in the lower-order in A-grade in the afternoon and played a key role in the recent tie with two-time reigning premier Karramomus, scoring 31 not out.
Both are genuine all-rounders, but Teagan is already showing signs she won’t long be in her siblings’ shadow.
With Northerners drawing byes in the opening rounds of the Keath Big Hit Twenty20 and under-14 B-grade competitions, Brett has only managed one appearance this season, but she made it count, with 23 not out and 1-13 against Pine Lodge.
Brett said she had no problem playing against the boys.
‘‘It’s good to get them out, because they don’t really expect a girl to get them out,’’ she said.
Brett is also no stranger to the big stage, having played a starring role for Northern Rivers’ under-14 girls’ team last season.
In the team’s only win of the Cricket Victoria State Championships, Brett made 36 and snared 4-7 in a match-winning performance.
Despite her prowess with the bat, Brett said she expected to take on more of a role with the ball for her state, but, for now at least, her main focus was to improve her batting.
‘‘I’ll do a bit on my batting, sometimes I hit too many catches,’’ she said.
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