Magnificent seven girls make grade
THE Far North Coast can boast a magnificent seven representatives in NSW Country girls' cricket teams after the County championships at Newcastle.
Leg-spinning all-rounder Angela Reakes, formerly of Bangalow, and Grafton pacewoman Kara Sutherland have been named in the Country Under-19s.
Seamer Sammy-Jo Johnson, of Lismore, and Alstonville wicketkeeper-batter Georgia Redmayne have won selection in the Country Under-17s.
And Lismore wicketkeeper-batter Danielle Creighton, Grafton leg-spinner Jenny Taffs and Port Macquarie all-rounder Melissa Norup have been picked in the Country Under-15s.
The NSW Country sides will all play Sydney sides in the next month as a selection trial for NSW age teams.
For Reakes, Sutherland, Redmayne and Taffs, it is the second time they have been selected for NSW Country.
The NSW Country Championships were held in the Under-19 and Under15 age groups and both FNC sides finished third after dropping one game apiece.
It caps a great week for Johnson, who won a $1000 bursary, to help with the costs of representative cricket, through the Australian Cricketers' Association.
The cheque was presented by former Australian wicketkeeper and NSW captain Phil Emery.
Johnson was involved in the ACA v FNC Invitational XI match at Oakes Oval, Lismore, and dismissed Michael Bevan with her medium-pacers.