THREE budding south-west cricketers are closing in on selection for Victorian teams bound for the national championships in September.
Brierly-Christ Church's Campbell Love and Hannah Rooke along with West Warrnambool's Chloe McKenzie are in the final stages of selection ahead for the championships hosted by the Queensland town of Mackay.
Love and McKenzie, 16, both right-handed batters, are vying for spots in the under 17 boys' and girls' squads while Rooke, 13, is after selection for the under 15 girls.
The Warrnambool College students have made a big impression on the school's new head of Health and PE, Jacob Bloom, since he arrived earlier this year.
"Campbell's resilience is the one thing for me that probably stands out and the level of maturity he has over other kids of similar ability and age," he said.
"Hannah has been playing with girls four or five years older than her which has help mould her into the player she is.
"She is a medium-pace bowler and for a young girl coming through she is super accurate and super consistent.
"Chloe had a ripping season last year in the state system and dominated the state carnival and I know Cricket Victoria are quite keen on her going into this summer."
Bloom, who is Allansford's top-grade coach next season, said the influence of Australian spinner Georgia Wareham and Melbourne Renegades keeper-batsman Tim Ludeman helped give the trio confidence they can reach the next level.
"It's good for region that we have three students from a regional town that are all closing in on the business end of playing a high level of state cricket," he said.
"We have got those local heroes (like Wareham, Ludeman and his Geelong teammates Tommy Jackson and Brody Couch) playing at highest level."
The first-year Gator said Warrnambool College's sport pathway program had aided them prepare to take the step up to state-level cricket.
"For us it demonstrates furthermore that the focus on the sport program we run gives them opportunity to receive high-level coaching in highly professional environment," Bloom said.
"It has pushed them to the play at that next level, giving them the best chance to improve.
"It's my first year at the school and the program is a level above what I've experience in terms of it being professional and really organised.
"I think that's a big player for those kids because there is not much between them at that age and getting high-level training through a school is really advantageous for them."
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