Girl captain beats boys at cricket
ZOE Lattanzi has a habit of showing up her male counterparts.
And Saturday's Tweed District Junior Cricket clash between Pottsville and South Tweed was no different.
The only female in the Pottsville line-up, or on the pitch for that matter, the 14-year-old captained her boys to a comprehensive 111-run victory at Ron Wilkinson Field.
Even the opposition coach, Matt McCann, was impressed with what he saw, saying he'd love to have Zoe in his playing line-up.
“Zoe is an extremely good cricket player,” McCann said.
“I'd love to see more girls in the game.
“The Pottsville team gets on really well with her. They just treat her as one of their team.”
But for Zoe, teaming up with the boys and often trumping them is nothing new, or unusual.
She said she is always the only girl on the team when she plays club cricket.
“I started playing when I was nine. My dad got me into it,” she said.
“I don't mind being the only girl and I don't mind being around boys most of the time. It pushes me more.”
Zoe started playing for Pottsville as a 10-year-old.
The Kingscliff High School student's obvious talents led to her selection at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Year 6 and last year she starred in the North Coast under-15 team at the New South Wales Country Championships in Newcastle.
“I worked from there and made the New South Wales girls' team,” Zoe said.
“I really want to make a career out of soccer, so cricket is just a hobby, but I still want to do well at it if I can.”
Also impressing for Pottsville was Travis Bonnor, who snared four wickets.
Liam Beattie was the best of the beaten Colts team, notching a team-high 31 runs with the bat.