TWO members of Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club (SRDCC) have been named in the Australia Under 16s squad following the conclusion of the School Sport Australia 15 and Under Boys National Championship in Queensland.
Mitchell Pascoe and Jet Liebke were the only two Queenslanders named in the 14-player squad which Cricket Australia said featured some of the best talent from the tournament, as selected by the Youth Selection Panel, plus four standby players.
SRDCC president Tracey Hoffman said the announcement was wonderful news for the Gators and, of course, for Mitchell and Jet.
"Mitchell has been playing at the club since the 2014/15 season in our junior teams and was the recipient of our Leading Playing Award that season,” Mrs Hoffman said.
"He also played in the Lord's Taverners and our Senior Grade teams.
"Jet joined our club this season to play in the Lord's Taverners competition and games in our Senior Grade teams.
"Mitch and Jet are currently playing in the U16 Male Rookie Challenge (at Redlands Cricket Club, Wellington Point from April 5-7).”
Ms Hoffman said the coaching structure in place at the Gators this season, led by club coach Vic Williams, was developing many talented young players.
"It is wonderful to see the tools that have been given to our players are now having positive results for our cricketers at Sandgate,” she said.
"We wish Mitchell and Jet the very best in their upcoming competitions.
"This season saw the SRDCC finish 3rd on the Premier Club Championship ladder, the highest we have ever finished.
"We look forward to carrying on our success on the field next season with many young talented players coming through our ranks.”
The Under 16s squad also includes four standby players, which includes the only other Queenslander - William Prestwidge from Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club based in Kalinga.
Cricket Australia's National Talent Manager Greg Chappell said, "It was really pleasing to see the amount of talent on display at the championship this year, and there was some really good cricket played throughout the week.
"The selection of this team was a challenging one, as there was such a good spread of talent across all teams and plenty of competition for places.
"That said, we are really pleased with the final result of the selection process, and the quality of talent within this Australia Under 16s squad.
"This squad will form the Cricket Australia XI for next summer's Under 17 National Championships, and we look forward to these players testing themselves against an older age group at a higher level of competition.”
An international series for this Australia Under 16s squad is yet to be confirmed, but likely to be in early 2018.
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