Captain Katie completes her final innings

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The open girls Cricket team travelled to Grafton to play South Grafton High School in the second round of the State knockout on October 28. The team was a young team with only four players over 14 years old, however, this didn’t dampen their enthusiasm. Keen to take on the bowling captain, Katie Thorn, won the toss and elected to bat.
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Katie being clapped off the field.

This looked like a good decision with openers Katie and Jasmin Nolan attacking the bowling hitting 19 runs off the first two overs. Unfortunately, in the 3rd over Katie was given out, court off what looked like a no ball. If that wasn’t bad enough, Jasmin in the next over was given out by a dubious run out decision. From here there was little resistance except for Hannah Watt who almost batted through the entire innings for her 7 runs. The girls still need to learn to stay at the crease long enough to score runs. The entire team was out in the 13th over of a 30 over game!

Willow Berry bowling with the field ready.

This meant we had a small total of 49 to defend. The girls did not let this worry them and with good Bello spirit went out and gave it their best. Jasmin Nolan was the pick of the bowlers snagging 2 wickets in first spell and young Danika Meenahan showed what a talent she is being the most economical bowler on the day. The fielding by all the girls was great but South Grafton passed our score with 6 wickets in hand.

As it was Katie’s last Cricket game for the school (as Katie will be doing her HSC next year) the girls gave Katie a guard of honour leaving the field. Katie has been in the Cricket team since year 7 and has been an excellent role model as well as helping all the young players.

Katie chasing the ball in the field.

Katie has also achieved some excellent results in Athletics since the NSWCHS Carnival. She has travelled twice more to Sydney to compete against the best in the State and has now qualified for Nationals in 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and Heptathlon (where she came 2nd in her age group at State!). Katie is an outstanding all round athlete. Watch out for her in the future!

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