Central North rep players, Josephine Pearce, Taylah Knight and Nell Gibson took part in the McDonalds Women’s Country Cricket Championships from October 3 to 6 at Raymond Terrace. While experienced coach, Luke Knight, was the man in charge of both sides and has again been selected to coach at the next level. The champs showcase the state’s best female country cricketers from 7 regional zones in both the U15’s and U18’s age groups. All the girls hail from Singleton but were selected in the Central North Zone female academy’s winter program. Pearce played in the U15’s side and they went through the two-day carnival undefeated. They were narrowly defeated in the final by the North Coast. Both Knight and Gibson impressed during the U18’s comp as they have been selected as reserves in the U18’s NSW/ACT side. However, the experienced pair were already on the selectors radar. For the past three months they have been attending intensive state-based training camps in Sydney. Meanwhile, Luke Knight has been appointed assistant coach of the U15’s NSW/ACT Country team. The side will play at the National carnival to be held in January at South Australia. This will be his third year as a state female coach. Knight says on the back of a highly successful Womens Big Bash League there are more opportunities for females to be identified on state player pathways.
“Talent is being monitored through Cricket NSW academy’s such as the one these three girls have been a part of during the winter off season and carnivals such as the Country Championships,” he explains.