West heading east for cricket nationals

Warnbro Community High School student Emma West.
Warnbro Community High School student Emma West.

WARNBRO schoolgirl Emma West has been named in the Western Australian Cricket Association squad to represent the state at this year’s under-15 Female National Championships in Hobart from November 25 to December 1.

The 14-year-old Warnbro Community High School student was included in WA’s squad of 13 girls to compete in a combination of T20 and 50-over matches with the potential for those who perform well to earn an invitation to a Cricket Australia Talent Camp, as well as a chance to represent the CA All Australian XI.

Coach Orazio Santalucia said he was confident this year’s squad would be better prepared thanks to the introduction of the WACA Female Academy, which was set up to develop young female cricketers into the Western Fury and Perth Scorchers (Women’s Big Bash League) players of the future.

“The program has not only provided the girls with top-class coaching opportunities, but also a dedicated strength and conditioning program as well as holistic programs such as nutrition advice, sport psychology and player welfare to help grow the person, not only the cricketer,” Santalucia said.

“The big message in the program is to ‘Dream Big’. I have stated right from the get go that we will aim to win every match we play and that reputations count for nothing.

“These girls will do Western Australia proud and will be the leaders of a new era in WA Female cricket.”

n The WA Squad for under 15 Female National Championships: Emma Meuleman (captain), Georgia Ireland (vice-captain), Alysha Alikhan, Emma Davidson, Emma West, Georgia Wylie, Georgie Middleton, Gorgia Platten, Kailey Wheatcroft, Lucy Ballard, Molly Healy, Courtney Holt, Kate Rasmussen.