Launceston's rising cricket star Ava Curtis could make a dream debut for the Hobart Hurricanes in their upcoming fixture.
The 15-year-old was named in the Hurricanes' squad to face Melbourne Stars at Bellerive Oval which could be her first game for the franchise.
Curtis is no stranger to the squad after being the 12th player for the Hurricanes fixtures against the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers over the weekend.
Curtis is in the squad as a local replacement player for Maisy Gibson, who is recovering from an ACL injury sustained during last year.
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The Hurricanes may juggle their side around after suffering back-to-back losses to start their WBBL campaign at home.
The debut would continue a terrific 12 months for the Greater Northern Raiders and South Launceston youngster.
Earlier this season, Raiders coach Darren Simmonds said the young star's talent was evident from their first training session together.
"I first did a one-on-one session with Ava about three years ago and could immediately see she had enormous talent," he said.
"She is one of the most coachable players I have been involved with and if she continues to work hard on her game she will achieve plenty.
"She plays with a smile but like all good players has the determination to succeed."
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Curtis was picked to be part of the Raiders squad once again this season.
Curtis' South Launceston coach Belinda Wegman spoke recently about the all-rounder's noticeable improvement in the pre-season.
"She's picked up some pace with the bowling in the pre-season and we're trying to work on a few things with the batting to bring that forward," Wegman said.
Curtis starred for the Knights in their grand final last season with an unbeaten 52, bowling four overs for 14, taking a catch and performing a last-ball run-out as she went on to claim player of the match honours.
Curtis was also named in the Cricket North women's team of the season for her performances with the Knights.
Fellow Hurricane squad member Angelina Genford is also in line for a debut if she makes the final side for the match.
- Nicola Carey
- Ava Curtis
- Mignon du Preez
- Angelina Genford
- Richa Ghosh
- Ruth Johnston
- Sasha Moloney
- Rachel Priest (c)
- Chloe Rafferty
- Amy Smith
- Naomi Stalenberg
- Molly Strano
- Belinda Vakarewa
- Tayla Vlaeminck
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