Jen Taffs.
Jen Taffs.

Kyogles talented all-rounder

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au THEY call her the Bradman of St Brigid's. Kyogle schoolgirl Jen Taffs, aged 12, recorded such a high run-rate at the PSSA State cricket carnival that the St Brigid's community have claimed her as their 'Don'.

Jen smashed four half-centuries during the week-long carnival in Sydney to win selection as captain of the NSW team to play in the national titles in Adelaide next year.

In the primary school format where students are retired when they reach 50 runs, Jen went undefeated four times and notched up 262 out of a possible 300.

"I just had a good run at the carnival, that's all," she said. "I was really seeing the ball.

"I have tried to improve my technique as well." Jen also chimed in with four wickets and a tidy effort in the field.

Proud parents John and Val Taffs of Green Pigeon said Jen was a model of concentration during her six innings.

"She has really stepped up in her stroke play and defensive shots this year," said John, who was a talented cricket and hockey player in his former homeland of Zimbabwe.

The six top knocks are the latest feat of a career that has spanned multiple codes.

She has scored goals for Kyogle in soccer grand finals, been named player of the match in school rugby league, run the relay at Zone finals and cleaned up the ruck in Diocesan Australian Rules carnivals.

"Jen can do it all," said school principal Gary Reen. However the downside of being so versatile is a large financial burden.

"One of the hardest things about being a sporting all-rounder is the cost associated with pursuing their gift this runs into several thousands of dollars every season," Mr Reen said.

"St Brigid's is currently selling tickets for Jen, however any donations that can help this student get to the Australian titles would be much appreciated.",

n Call Gary Reen 6632 1998 if you can assist.



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