Ipswich players shine at Vigoro
IPSWICH’S disappointment at missing out on under-14, under-18 and opens Vigoro titles at Townsville last week came with a silver lining.
Ipswich players were chosen to captain Queensland in all three divisions.
Rachel Savage will captain the opens team while Erin Haines will lead the Queensland under-18s at the national titles in Sydney in March.
Jessica Fox was named honorary captain of the Queensland under-14s merit side.
For Savage, it is some consolation for Ipswich’s loss in the state final to home-team Townsville, especially since it had started so well for Ipswich.
“We played Townsville first and absolutely smashed them,” Savage said.
Ipswich beat Townsville outright after bowling them out for 29 and forcing them to follow on.
Deanne Lawrie and Kylie Henrich were the stars with the ball, the latter taking 5-10.
“They bowled really good lines and went straight through them,” Savage said.
“I don’t think Townsville were expecting that.
“We were quite pumped and really psyched.”
The match took its toll, however, and Ipswich was flat in the next game, losing to Cairns.
The team then beat Fassifern, Townsville Saints and Mackay to book a spot in the final against Townsville.
There was to be no repeat of the opening game, however, with the home team piling on 117 to Ipswich’s 67 to win on first innings.
Getting picked as Queensland captain was a pleasant surprise for Savage but it could not fully erase the disappointment of losing the state final.
“Our guys played really well, considering we hadn’t played since before Christmas,” Savage said.
“It was just a little bit disappointing to lose.”
Savage said she was disappointed with her own display as well. She said it looked as though it would not go well when she was out the first ball she faced, though things did improve.
“I would have liked to have scored more runs,” she said.
“I’m not having the best of seasons with the bat but my fielding kind of made up for it.”
It will be the third time Savage has captained Queensland and she is determined to make it third time lucky after disappointment in the past two years.
She will be joined by Ipswich’s Mel Park, despite her having not the Queensland teams for the state titles.
Michelle Scott will represent the Queensland 2 team, with Karen Ihle and Leanne Panzram representing Queensland veterans.
Kirsten Ihle joins Erin in the Queensland under-18s while Erin’s sister, Emily, and Leighlani Levao were chosen in the Queensland under-14 merit team.