Meriden girls are part of the burgeoning women’s cricket scene as the sport makes strides in championing female talent and opportunity on the pitch. Year 9 students Karina Bell and Brydie Fairfax have been selected for the Under 15 NSW Metropolitan Female Academy Squad 2019/20 amid a record number of applications this season.
The Cricket NSW Academy is a state-wide program responsible for the identification and development of talented female cricketers and provides players a pathway to National Championship cricket.
This season, Karina has enjoyed the challenge of playing in the Under 18 competition for St George-Sutherland Women’s Cricket Club. Her selection for the 2019/20 Academy Squad marks her third year as a member of this team and Karina said she was grateful for the opportunity to return to training with professional coaches and mentors.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to develop my skills with the support of the experienced coaches at Cricket NSW, many of whom are professional players themselves,” she said.
“It’s great to be part of an all-girls squad that will strengthen the quality of young players who will transition into professional cricket. Hopefully we can be part of the process of building the profile of women’s cricket.”
The girls – who are members of Meriden’s Olympus Program which supports high-performing athletes – kicked off their squad training in the winter school holidays. The milestone rounds off a momentous 2019/20 season for Brydie, who was recently named Under 15 Player of the Year for St George-Sutherland Women’s Cricket Club.
“I was so excited and honoured to receive the award,” Brydie said.
“I loved captaining my Under 15s team because my teammates are like a family and I really wanted to lead them well and work towards a win with every game. I’m passionate about cricket because I love the way it brings the community together and I’m really happy to be building new connections with players from across the state in the Academy Squad,” Brydie said.