Victorian selectors have named a squad of 15 for the DEC VicSpirit as preparations begin for the 2010-11 season.
There is one change from last year with Commonwealth Bank Shooting Star Cassie Brock coming into the squad, while 28-year-old off-spinner Sharon Coldrey has decided to pursue other interests.
Brock, 19, is an all-rounder and represented Victoria at the CA Women’s Cup and also made a half-century for Essendon Maribyrnong Park in the Essteele Cup Premier Firsts final last season.
For the first time, selectors have named five rookies – a group of talented young cricketers who will train with DEC VicSpirit squad as they continue to develop.
Regionally-based players Stephanie Townsend (Warrnambool) and Laura Croft (Warragul) join Box Hill’s Anna Lanning, Dandenong’s Gussie O’Sullivan and EMP’s Molly Strano as the Spirit rookies for 2010-11.
After making both finals last season and winning the inaugural Women’s Twenty20 competition, DEC VicSpirit coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick is confident the squad has what it takes to perform well on the national stage.
“We’re still a young team, but we’ve got some experience and we’ll continue to improve the more we play,” Fitzpatrick said.
“There’s a good mix in the group and a lot of talent, so now we just have to get to work and make sure we’re ready for another big season.”
Official pre-season training for the DEC VicSpirit starts this week, while the captain and vice-captain will be confirmed at a later date.
DEC VicSpirit squad for 2010-11:
Kelly Applebee – Dandenong Kristen Beams – Essendon Maribyrnong Park Briana Binch – Essendon Maribyrnong Park Cassie Brock – Essendon Maribyrnong Park Jess Cameron – Brunswick Park Sarah Elliott – Dandenong Naomi Fullwood – Dandenong Rachael Haynes – Box Hill Kath Hempenstall – Brunswick Park Julie Hunter – Dandenong Emma Inglis – Brunswick Park Meg Lanning – Box Hill Renee Melton – Brunswick Park Clea Smith – Essendon Maribyrnong Park Elyse Villani – Brunswick Park
Rookies: Laura Croft – Dandenong Anna Lanning – Box Hill Gussie O’Sullivan – Dandenong Molly Strano – Essendon Maribyrnong Park Stephanie Townsend – Essendon Maribyrnong Park