Burrage selected in Schoolboys side


Back (from left): Manager Ian Bycroft, Jordan Clark, Connor Smith, Keegan Finn, Connor Chadwick, Jesse Messere, Damien Burrage, Lachlan Hardy and WACA  talent co-ordinator Rob Wass. Front: Jayden Goodwin, Brendan McPhee, Bayley Holman, Thomas Drake-Brockman, Dean Billington, Ryleigh Cameron and coach Scott Ogilvie.
Back (from left): Manager Ian Bycroft, Jordan Clark, Connor Smith, Keegan Finn, Connor Chadwick, Jesse Messere, Damien Burrage, Lachlan Hardy and WACA talent co-ordinator Rob Wass. Front: Jayden Goodwin, Brendan McPhee, Bayley Holman, Thomas Drake-Brockman, Dean Billington, Ryleigh Cameron and coach Scott Ogilvie.

The Frederick Irwin Anglican School student was selected in the preliminary 16-player squad for the tournament, which was reduced to the final 13 following talent carnivals at Guildford Grammar School and Murdoch University.

Assistant coach Dan Griffiths said the selection process was “very hard”, with many talented young players in the age group making it tough for selectors.

“We believe that this is the strongest possible squad at the moment and are looking forward to the WACA under-16 Talent Carnival to see the boys in action,” he said.

“SchoolSport WA is very excited about the next phase and are looking forward to working with the players to prepare them as well as possible for the National Championships.”

WACA talent co-ordinator Job van Bunge said he enjoyed watching the state’s most talented under-15 players in action during the talent carnivals.

“Both country and metro players competed with each other in challenging conditions at Guildford and we’ve seen some very strong performances throughout the carnival,” he said.

“The under-age talent in WA cricket is exciting and the squad that’s been selected is a strong one. The future is looking bright.”

The National 15 and Under School Sport tournament runs from February 20-28.

WA squad:

Dean Billington (Wanneroo), Damien Burrage (Rockingham-Mandurah), Ryleigh Cameron (Bayswater-Morley), Connor Chadwick (Joondalup), Jordan Clark (Rockingham-Mandurah/Great Southern), Thomas Drake-Brockman (South Perth), Keegan Finn (Joondalup), Jayden Goodwin (South West), Lachlan Hardy (Mount Lawley), Bayley Holman (Fremantle), Brendan McPhee (Scarborough), Jesse Messere (Perth), Connor Smith (Perth/South West)