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Indiana Squiers, Phoebe Wardell-Johnson and Ella Mills

Congratulations to Indiana Squiers (Year 10), Phoebe Wardell-Johnson (Year 9) and Ella Mills (Year 12) who are achieving some great results in women’s cricket.

Indiana has been playing cricket with the Bicton Junior Cricket Club and also the Under 17 Melville Girls’ side. She’s also been invited to play a few of the women’s B grade games. Indiana started playing backyard cricket before moving on to play the sport when she was in Year 6 and living in Quairading. Indiana said, “I played in the nets in primary school with the boys, who taught me a thing or two. I love playing as a team in cricket and bringing my best to each game.” Indiana has just been selected in the State Under 15 team.

Phoebe has been playing cricket with the Bateman Junior Cricket club in the Under 15s competition and also plays district cricket for Melville Cricket Club.  Phoebe said,  “I’ve been playing cricket for four years now, but I’ve been down at the nets bowling with my brother and getting tips from my dad since I was a little girl…I love cricket because it is a team sport, so you are able to work as a group and field as a group, then bat in partners and it’s really nice to have that team spirit feeling. I also love how it’s a summer sport and gets you up and about and being active. It is amazing during state programs, as you get to travel to different places around Australia and Perth and experience new things.”

Phoebe tried out for the State Under 15 team but unfortunately wasn’t successful this year. Previously, she was selected in the Under 12s side in 2017 and 2018. Phoebe also captained the Under 12s side in 2017. She is very keen to try again next year and loved training for the squad.

Ella Mills has been selected to travel to Sri Lanka for eight days in April with the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) as a member of the under 18s tour. Ella also plays for the Melville Cricket Club and the Bateman Cricket Club and has been playing since she was in Year 6.

After playing in the Under 15 Girls’ Country Week carnival when she was 11, Ella was watched and monitored by the WACA. When she started playing in an all-girls cricket competition for Melville in 2015, she was selected for the U15s State Squad and has been selected into the state squads each year since.

We asked Ella what the best part of the sport was, she said “The team spirit and accomplishments that can be made. There are always the accomplishments, like making a PB in batting or bowling and taking a great catch while fielding but it’s always a really proud moment to see the younger girls playing because of what you’re representing in the fight for women’s cricket. Being in a team and a club that support and really help each other is one of the main highlights for me.”

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Ella Mills in action

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