Tuncurry cricketer Anita Handono could almost claim the title of ‘an old pro’ following her second successive selection in the 13-member NSW/ACT Country cricket team.
Fifteen-year-old Anita will this year play for NSW at the Cricket Australia Under 18 Female National Championships in Hobart.
The championships, which will be played until November 29, will bring together eight sides of emerging cricketers which will battle it out in a round-robin format, including four 50-over matches and four Twenty20s, with the top two teams to play in the final next Tuesday.
Anita’s selection to play in the NSW side is a second at the National championships.
A talented sportswoman – she plays a good game of soccer – Anita would like to sign for the Women's Big Bash League.
But, she has set her ultimate sights on the big match, playing for either NSW or Australia.
“As women’s cricket progresses, so too has its popularity,” Anita said.
Last year as an under 15-year-old she was ranked fifth in Australia for batting.
Last year’s champions, Victoria will need to overcome runners up NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia as well as a combined ACT/NSW Country side and Cricket Australia XI, if there are to claim back-to back Betty Butcher Shields.