THE Western Waves’ Under 18 Girls team, with a little help, has won the VicSpirit Under 18 Victorian State Championships with a last gasp triumph over Gippsland Pride with just one ball to spare.
The Jamie Fenech coached and Lauren Tink managed team won the second such title for the Western Waves, doing so under sunny skies on the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Having won all four of their preliminary round matches back in December, the final was a long time coming for the two teams, but it was worth it to have the chance to play on the most recognised sporting palace that Australia has to offer.
Boosted by the addition of two players from the Mallee Murray Heat, the ‘Heat Waves’ had to endure a long travel and early wake-up call to make sure they were ready to go for the 8.30am start to the game.
Hawkesdale’s Grace Linke lost the toss and Gippsland Pride opted to bat first, but lost a quick wicket thanks to Rhiann O’Donnell bowling out Pride captain Chelsea Moscript for six.
However, Sophie Molineax, who has caught the eye with some brilliant batting through the tournament, started her own personal rescue mission and singlehandedly kept the scoreboard technicians busy with some breathtaking shots.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.