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The Rock-itt : September 2009
CRICKET NSW ANNOUNCES 2009/10 WOLF BLASS BREAKERS SQUAD Cricket NSW have announced the 14 players named in the 2009/10 NSW Breakers squad. There are a number of new faces in the line-up with selectors continuing to blood new talent in the most successful team in Women's National Cricket League history. The 2009/10 NSW Breakers squad is (clubs/regions in brackets): Sarah Aley ( Bankstown ) Sarah Andrews* (Eastern Suburbs/Hunter) Alex Blackwell* (Universities/Riverina) Kate Blackwell* (Universities/Riverina) Sarah Coyte# (Campbelltown- Camden) Nicole Goodwin (Sydney/Hunter) Corinne Hall (Bankstown/Hunter) Alyssa Healy* ( Sydney ) Sharon Millanta ( Bankstown ) Erin Osborne* (Eastern Suburbs/Central North) Ellyse Perry* ( Sydney ) Leah Poulton* (Eastern Suburbs/Hunter) Angela Reakes# (Sydney/North Coast) Lisa Sthalekar* (Universities) *Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad member # Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars (U/21) squad member Erin Osborne and Sarah Coyte have both been elevated to the senior squad for 2009/10 after serving apprenticeships in the Breakers Development squad last season. In that time, Osborne went onto to earn a place in the Australian team while Sarah Coyte had an opportunity to play for the Australian U/21 side against India and Australia . The other new face is 18-year-old Angela Reakes. Hailing from the State's North Coast , Reakes has captained NSW at the U/15, U/17 and U/19s, and was part of the NSW Second XI last summer. Wolf Blass Breakers Head Coach, Richard Bates, said the selection of this season's squad was one of the toughest ever. "We have an extremely talented group of players in NSW and there was once again plenty of competition for places in the final squad of 14. The selectors had some very tough decisions to make when looking to both strengthen the squad and plan for the future," said Bates. "The addition of Angela Reakes and Sarah Coyte, who are both very exciting young cricketers, certainly increases competition for places while adding to our bowling and batting depth. And whilst there is a lot of young talent in the squad, we still have much experience in the playing group which will ensure we can push for further honours next year," he said. The selection panel have also named eight players in the 2009/10 Breakers Development Program, now in its second year. The players selected in this squad all have the potential to represent NSW in the WNCL and will again have access to the resources available to the Breakers squad players in order to maximise their development The 2009/10 Breakers Development Squad is: Clare Crewdson (St George- Sutherland) Rhiannon Dick ( Bankstown ) Samantha Hinton (Universities/Western) Claire Koski ( Sydney ) Alison Parkin (Universities) Kara Sutherland ( North Coast ) Gizelle Van Der Merwe ( Sydney ) Of the seven players, only Alison Parkin was part of the Development squad last summer while Kara Sutherland has been selected in the Australian U/21 squad for 2009/10. The NSW Breakers are the defending WNCL Champions having won 11 titles in 13 seasons, including the last four in a row. Kate Blackwell Sarah Andrews