Far North Coast women on the rise in Australian cricket

CLASS ACT: Alstonville product, Georgia Redmayne, has had a big season with the Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire cricket team. Photo Brisbane Heat.

CLASS ACT: Alstonville product, Georgia Redmayne, has had a big season with the Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire cricket team. Photo Brisbane Heat.

WORKING as a doctor during a pandemic paved the way for Georgia Redmayne to play some of her best cricket over the past six months.

The Alstonville product was based at The Tweed Heads Hospital before going on to captain the Queensland Fire women's cricket team.

Her form has put her on the radar for Australian selection as she continues to improve as an opening batter.

"Working during the COVID-19 pandemic put a bit of perspective on where I was at," Redmayne said.

"I didn't really have a chance to think too much about cricket with everything else that was happening in the world.

"I've always loved sport and it was a great release to have something familiar I could turn to."

Her contract at the hospital finished at the end of January and her form skyrocketed from there.

The 27-year-old produced a matching-winning 134 not out in the final against Victoria last month.

In doing so, she was able to lead Queensland to its first Women's National League title in the 25-years of the competition.

"It was amazing to be part of such a special moment for Queensland cricket," she said.

"The whole team put a lot work into it and we had players like Jess Jonassen and Beth Mooney away with the Australian team."

It all started on the Far North Coast for Redmayne where she would play against the boys in junior Alstonville teams.

It was there she first met Lismore product Sammy-Jo Johnson, who followed a similar path to her.

Sammy-Jo Johnson playing for Sydney Thunder in the WBBL this season.

Sammy-Jo Johnson playing for Sydney Thunder in the WBBL this season.

They have both represented and toured overseas with Australian A teams.

This year they finished the season as captains of their state sides as Johnson joined the NSW Breakers to further her career.

Former Bangalow cricketer Angela Reakes was also captain of the ACT Meteors.

"I always played cricket growing up but never considered it as a career," Redmayne said.

"The NSW Breakers did some emerging camps and programs for girls a few times a year.

"A few of us have gone on from there, Sammy-Jo and I were only a year apart in age.

"Ange is a few years older and to have all three of us captain a team at certain times this season is pretty cool for the area."

Breaking into the star-studded Australian team is ultimately the goal for Redmayne.

She remains thankful for opportunities so far, which has included playing in India.

"It's a hard one to make, you don't change a winning team like that,"

"It's still something I want to do, though.

"Beth (Mooney)and Alyssa (Healy) are both ahead of me but I'd jump at it if I got the chance."