BACKYARD cricket with her older brother half-a-decade ago laid the foundations for the rise of Port Fairy cricketer Rosie Wynd.
Rosie, 12, has earned selection for the School Sport Victoria 12 and under girls’ squad for a second consecutive year.
The young batsman and her teammates will contest national championships in Bendigo from January 3 to 11.
She is one of just three cricketers — Milawa’s Amelia Reilly and Malvern’s Annabel Sutherland are the others — to make the squad two years running.
Rosie, the daughter of Peter and Ingrid Wynd, said she was excited about representing Victoria again.
She was keen to make amends for her debut state campaign in South Australia.
“I didn’t do too well,” she said.
‘‘I opened the batting for the first three games then I went down to the middle order.”
Rosie trialled for the squad at Hamilton before completing three sessions in Melbourne.
She learnt of her selection about a fortnight ago, although Cricket Victoria only released the squad yesterday.
“I knew the girls who were there last year but I’ve got to know some of the others as well, I had never met any of them before,” she said.
“It looks like a really good team, there’s some pretty good players.”
Rosie, a St Patrick’s Primary School pupil, honed her craft in the backyard of the family home in Port Fairy.
She started playing with her older brother Tom, now 15, and what was a casual hit quickly became a passion.
Her father has been her biggest mentor while her highest score is 40, achieved playing for Western Waves last summer.
“I’d like to play premier cricket and hopefully from that I go somewhere,” she said.
Wynd said “lots of advantages” had come from Rosie making back-to-back state squads, most notably her confidence.
“She’s got fairly good coaching here,’’ he said.
‘‘Steve Mirtschin is here as a club coach and she’s had Brian Medew, who is a very good coach, as well.
“She’s had consistently good coaching at all levels.”
In other Victorian squad news, three south-west cricketers are attempting to win Victorian selection at Barooga this week.
Warrnambool’s Will Mills, Hamilton’s Tim Goodman and Port Fairy’s Joe Medew-Ewen are taking part in Country-versus-Metro trial matches.
Will is chasing selection in the 19s squad while Tim and Joe are chasing berths in the 17s squad.