Vic Country call-up for cricket ‘pioneer’

Colac’s Sophie Walker will vie for Victoria Country under-15 honours, while stepping into Victorian Premier Cricket’s ranks with Geelong.

A regional manager says Sophie Walker is becoming a pioneer for women’s cricket in the Colac district as she prepares for her biggest year in the sport.

The talented all-rounder gained selection in Victoria Country’s initial under-15 training squad for next year’s national carnival, while she is also stepping into Victorian Premier Cricket’s senior ranks with Geelong in season 2018-19 at just 14.

Walker will join the state’s top juniors next month, utilising high performance facilities at the MCG and at Cricket Victoria’s new home at St Kilda’s Junction Oval as part of the under-15 state pathways program.

The Cressy product has already started training with the Cats under mentor Ross Price.

Walker is among three Barwon Rockettes representatives stepping into the VPC ranks for Geelong ahead of the club’s second season in the state competition.

Price said Walker, who has represented the Rockettes at the past three under-14 state championships, was committed to developing her game and had already impressed learning new tricks bowling her leg-breaks while also strengthening her batting.

Price said the Trinity College Colac Year 8 student had the backing of her family, including mum Sandra and her grandparents, who would make frequent trips down the highway over the next 12 months.

“During the winter Sophie is training with the Victorian Country squad, the Barwon Rockettes and the Geelong Cricket Club’s female team,” he said.

“My role is to integrate these three forms of training.

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