There was a historic moment for Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association late last year, with the association winning its first ever girls premiership.
Sutherland were crowned joint Mollie Dive Shield premiers alongside North Shore in November after an exciting tie.
Sutherland, made up of a number of girls from both the shire and the St George district, reached the final of the under-15s tournament which was part of the NSWDCA girls representative competitions finals.
North Shore won the toss and elected to bat. Opening batter Olivia Callaghan was the star for North Shore, scoring 72 from 78 deliveries including seven boundaries.
Taara Kotibhaskar and Amelie Pope also made contributions with the bat lower down the order.
But it was Caitlin Schofield who kept North Shore’s score in check, taking 3-14 for Sutherland to help restrict their opposition to 142.
In reply, Sutherland opener Stephanie O’Sullivan top scored with 43.
Caitlin and Hayley Jurinario also chipped in with the bat to help Sutherland close in on victory.
But Sutherland were to finish their 30-over innings at 8-142 to see the match end in an exhilarating and historic tie, with Sutherland and North Shore recognised as joint champions.
It was the first time a Sutherland girls team had even reached a NSWDCA semi-final.
Meanwhile, a free girls cricket clinic will run for three weeks starting next month.