AUSTRALIAN SELECTION: Courtney Sippel will represent Australia in March.
AUSTRALIAN SELECTION: Courtney Sippel will represent Australia in March. Queensland Cricket

Burnett cricketer earns national selection

COURTNEY Sippel will pull on green and gold for Australia as part of the under-19 national team to tour New Zealand in March.

The Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat player, who played junior cricket for Murgon, was announced as a member of the 14 player national team on Thursday night.

Courtney's mum Leanne said the family are all very proud of what Courtney has achieved and her potential in the game.

"It is pretty exciting all her hard work has paid off," she said.

"She put in extra training before she went away on top of Heat and U18 training and that paid off by having a solid carnival.

"She is pretty excited and happy to be acknowledged."

Courtney represented Queensland alongside fellow Murgon cricketer Renee Irvine at the under-18 national championships.

Courtney was named player of the carnival at the championships based on her contribution to Queensland's victory in the T20 competition and third place in the one-day competition.

Her performance at the carnival caps off seven years of playing in maroon at under age carnivals.

The Australian U19 side was chosen based on their performance at the championships and from the WBBL exhibition match WNCL and WBBL.

:The pathway has become quite strong now and there are so many strong girls come through that it is putting the pressure on the girls that are already there," Leanne said.

Former U19 Australian players have gone on to be part of the national performance squad and the Australian women's team within six months and at the team selection players were reminded how attainable this is for them.

The squad will travel to New Zealand to take on the home team in three one day matches and one T20 from March 12-17.