Lithgow, Portland, Wallerawang talent: Girls selected for state cricket

GO GIRLS: Nikera Hann, Gabrielle Dray and Bree Muldoon are all set to represent the area in cricket. Pictures: CIARA BASTOW.
GO GIRLS: Nikera Hann, Gabrielle Dray and Bree Muldoon are all set to represent the area in cricket. Pictures: CIARA BASTOW.

Three girls from Lithgow Public School, Portland Central School and Wallerawang Public have been selected to represent the Western region in the cricket state championships. 

The championships will take place in Maitland from Monday, November 5 until Thursday, November 8. 

Lithgow Public School student Bree Muldoon is following in Mother Roxsanne Van Veen’s footsteps. 

JUST LIKE MUM: Bree Muldoon is making Mum Roxsanne Van Veen proud with her cricket ability. Picture: CIARA BASTOW.

JUST LIKE MUM: Bree Muldoon is making Mum Roxsanne Van Veen proud with her cricket ability. Picture: CIARA BASTOW.

Van Veen was recently part of a history-making tour of the UK with the Aboriginal XI squad, commemorating 150 years since a team of 13 Aboriginal cricketers toured England. 

As an all round cricket player Bree likes to bat and bowl, but said her favourite position to play was wicket-keeper. 

“I’ve been playing for about three years and I go to a lot of Mum’s games,” she said. 

Bree previously played with the Western school teams where she was selected by scouts at the matches. 

“I just love the sport and think it’s really great that I get to play,” she said. 

SPORTS GIRL: Gabrielle Dray has been selected in multiple Western teams including soccer and cricket. Picture: SUPPLIED.

SPORTS GIRL: Gabrielle Dray has been selected in multiple Western teams including soccer and cricket. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Wallerawang Public School’s Gabrielle Dray’s selection in the Western side is her second Western selection this year as she has also represented the region in soccer. 

Gabrielle attended the western girls cricket trials in Dubbo on Friday, August 24. 

She participated in drill situations, batting, bowling and fielding including wicket-keeping.

Gabrielle was then selected to represent Western at the state trials due to her athletic ability. 

NEW: Nikera Hann has never played cricket before but is keen to give it her all. Picture: CIARA BASTOW

NEW: Nikera Hann has never played cricket before but is keen to give it her all. Picture: CIARA BASTOW

Portland Central School’s captain Nikera Hann had never played cricket until her selection but said she was enjoying the new sport. 

“I am excited to play everything and give it all a go,” she said. 

Nikera is familiar with team mates Bree Muldoon and Gabrielle Dray having played with the girls in the Western team.

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Nikera also trains once a week with Bree and her Mother Roxsanne Van Veen. 

“I just want to meet new people and I really like playing,” she said. 

Van Veen has been showing the girls that they can achieve their goals if they put their minds to it, according to Nikera’s mother.