Angela sets her sights on national women's cricket team
A CHANGE of scenery could help Angela Reakes force her way into the Australian women's cricket team.
Reakes, who grew up at Knockrow and played on the Far North Coast as a teenager, has moved to Canberra to play with the ACT Meteors in the Women's National Cricket League.
She played as a leg-spinner with NSW since 2009 and wants to establish herself as an all-rounder in Canberra.
The 24-year-old still plays women's first grade cricket for the Sydney Tigers and scored 168 not out at the weekend.
"The end-goal is to play for Australia," Reakes said.
"The feedback I've had from selectors is that I need to do more in the national league.
"I've always enjoyed batting but was picked for NSW as a leg-spinner at the bottom of the order."
Reakes is keeping busy as an exercise physiologist working on rehabilitation of athletes and people with cerebral palsy.
She goes back to Sydney on weekends to play for the Tigers and has also been playing men's first grade in Canberra.
"It was all very scary when I first played against the men as a 15-year-old at Lennox Head," Reakes said.
"There is definitely plenty happening at the moment and I'm keen to make the most of my opportunities.
"I'm batting a bit up the order with the Meteors and enjoying my time in the team."
Reakes is set play in the inaugural women's Big Bash League this summer.
She will also get the chance to take on her former team when ACT hosts NSW on November 21 in Canberra.
"I still keep in contact with the girls and have a lot of close friends there," she said.
"It doesn't matter where I am, I just love being part of cricket."