Vigoro grand final at East Ipswich. TC United versus Sports. TC batsman Clare Gillette. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times
Vigoro grand final at East Ipswich. TC United versus Sports. TC batsman Clare Gillette. Photo: Kate Czerny / The Queensland Times Kate Czerny

New captain to lead young guns at vigoro championships

IPSWICH will send one of its youngest sides to contest the Queensland Vigoro Championships when the best vigoro players do battle at Boonah this weekend.

Leading Ipswich seniors will be new captain Clare Gillett, who is relishing the opportunity to help Ipswich's younger brigade as an experienced campaigner with more than 10 state title appearances to her name.

The 24-year-old said taking on the captaincy was an incredible honour and plans to draw inspiration from former captain Deanne Lawrie.

"To be able to represent your association in your area is always a great achievement, but to take the next step up and captain the side is a huge honour," she said.

"I've always had a passion for the game and I always strive to get the most out of my game, so to be given this opportunity to learn and try and be the best leader I can is a privilege.

"I'm so lucky to be able to lead all those girls and play with a good bunch of people."

The formidable TC United opening batter has been to the state championships since under-14.

Originally a Fassifern player, Gillett (pictured) will be making her fourth appearance for Ipswich at the state titles.

Gillett's elevation to the top job comes as part of a generational shift in the team, with Lawrie, Kerryn

Graham anad Rebecca Foley playing for Ipswich veterans at this year's carnival.

"It's going to be hard to replace them, but at the same time it's a good chance for us to blood a lot of exciting young talent," Gillett said.

"There's a bit of pressure on the younger ones to perform because they need to step up and assume more responsibility."

Jessica Fox, Danielle Silvester, Yasmin Leeder and Kirsten Ihle are among those players Gillett expects will take their game to the next level.

"I have every faith in them," the Queensland vice-captain said.

"They're all energetic young women who possess different skills, but if they all strive to do their best then that will put us in good stead for this carnival and for carnivals to come."

Ipswich will attempt to win back the state crown when they face off against Cairns, Townsville and two Fassifern sides during three days of competition, starting today.

Last year in Cairns the team lost to Townsville in the grand final and this year they are out to turn the tables.

"We're all keen to go back and I think we're a great chance of making it that far (final) and winning it," Gillett said.

"We've got a lot of batting depth and a lot of variation in our bowlers, which is important as well." 

Ipswich seniors: Clare Gillett (c), Kate Johnstone (vc), Andrea Kruger (wk), Deborah Manietta, Karen Devin, Nicole McDonald, Kirsten Ihle, Rachel Savage, Danielle Silvester, Yasmin Leeder, Erin Haines, Jessica Fox, Karissa Aburn, Coach - Cameron Packer.

Ipswich veterans: Simone Harding (c), Tracey Harrington (vc), Heather Brooker (wk), Naomi Schaper, Alisa Martin, Lee Scudds, Lynne Barnes, Leann Panzram, Michelle Scott, Rebecca Foley, Kerryn Graham, Deanne Lawrie, Roseanne Pimble.



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