Meet two of MSJ’s Sporting Stars

May 16, 2017

Our Year 12s are a talented bunch. Two of our current HSC students, Alana Kidd and Prudence Roebuck, have already competed in their chosen fields at national level and are hoping to represent N.S.W. again this year.

Alana started playing softball at age 6. She followed her sister into the Georges River Softball Association and her passion for and enjoyment of the game have grown ever since.

Occupying the Outfield Left position, Alana is an all-rounder, excelling at both fielding and batting. “Everyone on a softball team has to be an all-rounder, really,” she says.

Alana plays in many teams, including the Under 19s Rep team and the Winter League Open team, as well as representing NSW Combined Catholic Schools at the All Schools State competition on Monday, 1st May. This is not a new experience for Alana – she represented NSW in the Under 17s team, winning the national competition two years in a row.

Now in her final year at school, Alana says she will continue playing softball well into the future. This means trialling for this year’s state team during her HSC exams.

Prue Roebuck, our School Captain for 2017, has recently been selected for the NSW Cricket Academy Team. This is her second time in this Team. She hopes it will be as successful as last year, when it led to her selection for the NSW U18 team. This gave her the opportunity to play in – and win – the National competition which was live-streamed on the Cricket Australia website from Tasmania.

Prue has been playing cricket since she was in Year 4. Her home team is the Bankstown Women’s Cricket team, for which she plays first and second grade. She recently represented the NSW Combined Catholic Schools in the All Schools state competition in Maitland, NSW.

So what does Prue’s cricketing future look like? A pace bowler, with best bowling figures of 5/23, Prue would like to keep playing cricket for as long as she keeps improving. One of her goals is to play for the NSW Breakers Opens team … and maybe even the Australian Women’s team.

“The advent of the Women’s Big Bash League means there are so many more opportunities,” Prue points out. “It’s only recent that female cricketers have been able to play professionally, getting paid for playing the sport they love.”

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