Cricket dreams do come true
THREE young Ipswich cricketers are advancing in the sport they love after being selected for a number of representative sides.
Gillian Chalmers, Rhyan Phoenix and Sam Lonsdale, who play locally for the Eastern Taipans Cricket Club at Redbank Plains, will increase their training and practice as much as they can in the lead up to their big competitions.
Goodna teenager Gillian Chalmers will live out her biggest dream of representing her country when she plays in the under 15s girls' Australian Cricket 11 side in Hobart later this month.
Gillian will head to Tasmania on November 24 for the 10 day competition, where she will play against state squads from across the country.
Being selected in the team is a big honour for the 15-year-old, as the selection process is by invitation only.
"All the people who made the team were nominated by their state," Gillian said.
"When I found out I had been selected for the team, I was really surprised and excited.
"To play for Australia has been a dream of mine since I first took up the sport two years ago.
"Even though I have only been playing for a few years, I wouldn't have gotten as far as I have without the support of the club, so I would like to thank them for their encouragement and training."
Younger players Rhyan Phoenix and Sam Lonsdale will be making a name for themselves on a more local scale.
Ryhan, who lives in Redbank Plains, has been selected for the under 13s South East Queensland state championships team, and will play against a number of sides from around Brisbane, northern Queensland and Roma on the Gold Coast this December.
"I was selected for the team after participating in trials which were held over three weekends," the 12-year-old said.
By being chosen in the South East Queensland under 13s development squad, Springfield youngster Sam Lonsdale will have his first taste of playing in a representative side next January, where he will be playing in a five day tournament at Limestone Park in Ipswich.
"I also attended the three trials, where they were choosing a representative squad and a development squad," the 12-year-old said.
"While I didn't make the state team (Like Rhyan did), I did make the development team."