Northern Districts Women Team Announcement | Hallyburton Johnstone Shield

 
Northern Districts Women Team Announcement | Hallyburton Johnstone Shield19 Nov 2021

Our Northern Districts women’s side have named three
debutants to kick off their Hallyburton Johnstone Shield campaign this weekend
in Levin. Naomi Matthews,
Eve Wolland and Tash Wakelin will all make their debut, while Kate Anderson
will captain the side for the first time. She says it’s a privilege to lead the
girls.

“I’ve
played for the team for [many] years and I’ve been captained by some really
awesome people so to follow in their footsteps is pretty cool. Obviously, we’d
love to have Brooke there to be playing and have her as captain but [I am] more
than happy to do it in her absence and hopefully it’ll come with a pretty
success record this weekend.”

The
side are without a handful of players due to a mixture of injury, international
duty and Covid-19 travel restrictions. WHITE FERN Brooke Halliday is stuck in
Auckland along with Caitlin Gurrey, Lauren Heaps, Annie Ewart and Maddy Curran.
Georgina Harris and Makayla Templeton are out injured while Eimear Richardson
is on international duty with Ireland. Shriya Naidu is also unavailable as she
is still returning from Australia. Anderson says while they’ll miss their
international players, it’s a great opportunity for the newcomers to push for
further selection.

“Anytime
you’re missing some key players it’s not ideal, but that’s the circumstance and
I think we would rather be playing cricket than sitting at home watching live
scorecards of other games. It’s a good opportunity for those young girls to
come in and show what they’ve got.”

With last weekend’s matches all rained out, the side find
themselves only two games behind at this stage of the competition. The Hinds
suffered two losses in their opening games to the Sparks down in Nelson.
Melissa Hansen and Jess Watkin stood out for them, both tallying four wickets
each across the two matches.

The games get underway from 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday
respectively.

Northern Districts Women’s Squad

Kate Anderson (C)
Alisha Rout
Charlotte Sarsfield
Emma Baker
Eve Wolland (Debut)
Holly Topp (wk)
Kayley Knight
Lucy Boucher
Maddy Hyde
Naomi Matthews (Debut)
Nensi Patel
Sam Barriball
Tash Wakelin (Debut)

COACH: Joanne Broadbent
ASSISTANT
COACH
: Mark
Crawford
PHYSIO: Rachel Lambert

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