MEG Phillips will match it with the boys today when she debuts for Scotch Oakburn College's senior firsts cricket team - and she hopes to show them a thing or two.
The Tasmanian Roar all-rounder and under-18 Australian women's captain will bat at No. 7 and will most likely send down some medium-pace deliveries against St Patrick's College at Scotch Park. Phillips, 17, said she was excited about the opportunity to test her skills against the opposite sex at a high level.
``It is always a different atmosphere playing with the boys, so it is always enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing against quicker bowlers and the intensity of it all,'' the Year 11 student said yesterday.
Scotch Oakburn cricket director Rob Jeffery said Phillips had earned her selection in the school's No. 1 team on merit.
``She is the first lady that has ever played in the SATIS (Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools) competition in Tasmania as far as I'm aware - I don't know of anybody else,'' Mr Jeffery said.
``She has been playing seconds with the boys . . . (and) nearly got picked last year, but then she made the Tasmanian Roar team and couldn't play.''
Phillips said she had long-term ambitions of one day playing for Australia, but for now she is just concentrated on today's game which starts at 10am.