Following on from Melissa Hansen’s efforts with the Central Districts U/21 Women’s side, Wairarapa can now boast further National Champions on the female side of the game. Wairarapa twins Kate and Gemma Sims performed as part of the unbeaten Central Districts U/15 Girls side at the recently completed National U/15 tournament in Wanganui.
The tournament started slowly for Central Districts with a tie in the first game against Otago. This was very much a ring-rusty performance for the team, as the remaining tournament results showed. Comprehensive victories followed over Northern Districts, Auckland, Canterbury and an outstanding 10 wicket win over Wellington. Being the only unbeaten side, Central qualified first for the final, which somewhat surprisingly was against the Wellington side they had previously demolished.
Kate was at the forefront of an outstanding CD bowling performance, claiming her tournament best figures of 2 for 10 off 5 overs as Wellington were rolled for only 80 runs. In reply, Central Districts strolled to another comprehensive win by 7 wickets.
Both Wairarapa Girls had their moments at tournament, with Gemma unfortunately suffering a slight knee injury that curtailed her wicket-keeping duties. Kate struggled with the pink ball use and its increased swing but improved her performances as the tournament progressed.
A fantastic result for Central Districts, but also a fantastic result locally, as Wairarapa Girls continue to strengthen their position in terms of ability and playing numbers as part of New Zealand’s strongest female age-group association.
And what happens next for National Champions? Kate went directly to a swimming camp, and Gemma is back in Wanganui this week as part of the Wairarapa Girls Secondary School representative side.