Moonee Valley's Kat-trick spearheads a win
Moonee Valley young gun Katherine Baker saved the best until last in our Women's match against Sydenham Hillside on December 12 - bowling a hat-trick off the last over of the day.
At left: The team gathers around Katherine (middle, white runners) with coach Darren Nagle after the hat-trick ball.
It was Katherine's first game this season for the Valley women, as she's in the development squad at Premier Club Essendon. She had an immediate impact for us when she was released from Essendon for the round.
Her first wicket was caught-and-bowled, followed by a catch by Tara Newman and then a straight ball the spread the stumps.
Katherine was a star in our premiership season in 2020/21, and won Moonee Valley's batting and bowling awards in the stellar season - which got her noticed at Essendon.
She continues to play her junior cricket at Moonee Valley, where she's a key performer in our Under 14 boys team on Friday evenings.
She was cool under pressure in her hat-trick over, and came tantalisingly close to a double hat-trick with the last ball of the day - which the Sydenham girl just kept out. Amazingly, this feat came the day before her 13th birthday.
The win also took Moonee Valley to the top of the ladder.
Above: The winning team gets around hat-trick taker Katherine Baker at Ormond Park. L-R: Back - Adele Walker, Dianna Dullard, co-coach Sarah Gooden, Tara Newman, Sarah Fenn and Pari Tuli. Front - Kylie Maxwell, Luisa Liong, Katherine Baker and Lane Edwards.