WARRNAMBOOL teenager Gemma Gibbins believes an improved bowling technique will help her when she represents Victoria for a third time.
Gemma, 17, was yesterday named in the 14-player Victorian squad for January’s under 18 girls’ cricket national championships in Ballarat.
It backed up her selection as a bottom-age under 18 player. Gemma, who also represented Victoria at under 15 level, said state squad training sessions had improved her left arm pace bowling markedly.
“There is a different coach and I have picked up different things I needed to improve on,” she said.
“I used to be very erratic, bowl wides, but I’ve tightened it up.”
The Brauer College student said competition for spots on the Victorian roster was intense.
“This year players are a lot stronger so I am surprised I got in,” she said.
“I was very nervous about getting in.
“I go to Melbourne every week and have training sessions and simulated game play and the coaches saw who they liked.”
Gemma, a lower-order bat, said Victoria was a strong chance to claim the national crown.
“Last year we were runners-up and this year we have a very good chance to take out the title,” she said.
“It will depend on if we come together as a team but if we play our best cricket we can do well.”
Gemma played for Warrnambool and District Cricket Association club Brierly-Christ Church last season.
She wants to play for Wesley-CBC at some stage this season, if work permits.
“I played a game at EMP (Essendon-Maribrynong Park) last season but it’s a lot of travel every weekend and it’s hard with work and school,” she said.
Portland’s Claire Nolte was the only other Western Waves’ cricketer named in the state team.
West Warrnambool’s Will Mills and Woodford’s Hamish Withers missed out on selection in the Victorian boys’ under 19 team.