Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury players Piepa Clearly and Heather Graham have been named in Cricket Australia’s Inaugural 2017 Women’s National Performance Squad (NPS).
The pair will be joined by six of Australia’s most promising young cricketers for a two-week camp in Brisbane, where they’ll have the opportunity to train alongside, and play a series of practice matches against, the Australian Women’s team as they prepare for the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series.
Fury Head Coach Lisa Keightley said the selection was another step towards the professionalisation of the women’s game.
“I think it’s a great reward for how played last season. It’s a great opportunity for them to bridge the gap to the Australian team and show what they can do and hopefully move on for further honours,” Keightley said.
“They’ve both worked really hard over the last few seasons and their skills and fitness have really taken a leap this pre-season.
“They are both growing in confidence and, after being rewarded by being named on the tour of Sri Lanka last year and now with this squad, it’s just going to help us have more depth in our team. It gives us more senior players that have had more opportunities to play in high pressure environments.”
Girls aged five to 18 years who are looking to get involved in cricket and potentially become the next Piepa Cleary or Heather Graham are encouraged to get down to the Holman Discover Cricket for Girls Day at the WACA Ground on Saturday 2 September from 9.45am to12pm. Register interest at http://bit.ly/2vWDQWE
Article courtesy of the WACA