Triple selection for young cricketer

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‘Playing with other girls who are older has provided me with a wider chance to play cricket in a bigger community against different clubs and districts.’

Up and coming cricketer Louisa Kotkamp made quite the name for herself at a young age.

This season, Louisa (13) made the Otago under-15 cricket squad, the Southland under-15 cricket team and the Southland-wide secondary schools cricket team.

The latter team is formed of high school pupils from year 9-13 but Louisa has been a member of the team since last year, when she was in year 7.

The all-rounder said it was quite a shock to make all of the teams, especially the Otago squad.

“I didn’t really expect to make it because I’m still quite young,” Louisa said.

Being a member of all three sides had helped her development as a cricket player.

“Playing with other girls who are older has provided me with a wider chance to play cricket in a bigger community against different clubs and districts,” she said.

“It’s given me the chance to develop my skills a lot over the last few years.

“It’s taught me to give it a really good go and not worry about everything else happening around me.”

She believed she had improved her bowling technique as a pace right-arm bowler as well.

Louisa began playing cricket six years ago with her family.

“I started playing with my dad one day and have just gone from there.”

Maddie Cockburn (13), of Gore, also made the Southland under-15 team while Harriett Cuttance (15) made the Southland secondary school team alongside Louisa.

Louisa was obsessed with cricket and wanted to continue it for as long as she could, she said.

“I want to keep going with it. There’s a primary school cricket tournament next year that I would quite like to attend.”