DEC Spirit Captain looks forward to challenging season ahead

After five seasons representing Victoria, Essendon resident Emma Inglis was last week named Captain of the DEC Spirit - the Victorian Women's Cricket Team.

After five seasons representing Victoria, Essendon resident Emma Inglis was last week named Captain of the DEC Spirit - the Victorian Women's Cricket Team. The 22-year old wicket-keeper and last season's Vice-Captain will take the reins, whilst top-order batter and Australian representative Jess Cameron from Werribee, will be second in charge for the upcoming season. Inglis will go into the history books as one of the youngest players to captain a Victorian state team.

"I am very excited for the opportunity," said Inglis. "It's a great honour to captain Victoria and I want to make the most of it." Having lived in Essendon her whole life, Inglis began her junior cricketing at Strathmore Primary School and with local cricket club Doutta Stars. Moving to Brunswick Park Cricket Club at the age of 12, Inglis continues to represent Brunswick over the weekends when she is not tied down with state commitments. Inglis' promotion to Captain comes after a stint of movement within the Spirit camp with former Skipper Rachael Haynes relocating interstate. That, along with two other exits from the squad have made room for young talent - Essendon Maribyrnong Park Cricket Club's Molly Strano, to be elevated to a full contract, whilst also allowing Truganina resident Emily McIntyre to return to the team after a brief stint away.

"It's quite a different squad with a different feel this season," commented Inglis. "I'm looking forward to working with the younger girls, but we still have a great depth of experience in the squad in the likes of players like Clea Smith and Sarah Elliott." That experience has led Victoria to being one of the most successful teams in the women's competition. The DEC Spirit have held the Women's Twenty20 title for two consecutive years and have been finalists in the 50-over format of the game for the last three. With the 2011/12 Women's National Cricket League set to commence in late October, the Vics have already begun their preparation for the season ahead.

"We are ready to train hard this preseason so we can hit the ground running come October." "There's a lot of positive energy within the team and the girls are looking forward to a successful 2011/12." Away from cricket, Inglis has recently completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science at The University of Melbourne and is currently working part time at Ascot Vale Leisure Centre.

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