Cordalba school girls bowled over by cricket selection

Cordalba State School
Cordalba State School students Lily Green, Chelsea Ham, Atalia Knight, Baylie Hutton and Ella Reece with their coach and teacher Brett McLellan. The students have been selected to play in the Wide Bay Schools Cricket Championships in October.

The success of Australian women’s cricket resonates locally after five Cordalba State School girls were selected in the North Burnett representative cricket team.

The students from Years 5 and 6 have been selected to play in the Wide Bay Schools Cricket Championships to be held in Bundaberg on September 5-7.

Brett McLellan, a teacher who doubles as the schools PE and Sports Instructor, said the school was ecstatic at the success of the young players.

“They went away to Gayndah and vied for selection to be part of the North Burnett girls representative team and we came away with five players in the side. Not bad for a small country school,” he said.

Baylie Hutton, who along with Atalia Knight, Lily Green, Chelsea Ham and Ella Reece was selected for representative honours, said she admired Holly Ferling, a Brisbane Heat player who has represented Queensland and Australia.

“Holly is a country girl from the South Burnett and it’s great that she has the talent to play for her country. She does inspire me,” Baylie said.

“I like to bowl. I like to bowl fast. I think some of the boys are scared of my bowling.”

Brett enjoys coaching both the girls and boys teams

“We have been practicing every morning tea and lunch break. I think they would add in a few more sessions at the expense of school lessons if they could,” he said.

Brett said the Cordalba girls cricket players have been gaining more practice with their dads and family members happy to assist with batting and bowling.

School principal Matthew Parsons said interest had grown among the girls at school to pursue cricket as a sport and it was no doubt tied to the success of Australia’s womens team.

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