SPOTYS Recap: Georgia Plimmer batting on the front foot

Story courtesy of College Sport Media 

 

In winning the College Sport Wellington Girls’ Cricketer of the Year gong at the recent College Sport Wellington 2021 Sportsperson of the Year awards, Tawa College’s Georgia Plimmer follows in the footsteps of two past winners from her school who are now household names on the world cricketing stage.

White Ferns captain Sophie Devine won the same award and Amelia Kerr won the Supreme sports award three years running between 2016-18. Amelia’s sister Jess is also in the White Ferns.

It was the connection with the latter that led Georgia to start playing cricket in year 9.

“Amelia’s and Jess’s dad [Robbie Kerr] was the coach of Tawa College’s First XI and I had never really played cricket before he got us involved,” said Georgia.

“I am good friends with his niece, Lily Conroy, and they needed some extra players one day so she and I joined the team. My background was softball, having played in some softball rep teams when I was younger. Amelia was our captain at one of the national tournaments we went down to, and she dominated. That in turn helped my motivation to keep developing my game and improving.”

Sophie is quite a few years older. “I knew about her sporting achievements going through Tawa College, she has been mentioned a number of times at sports awards and her name is on the sports boards. Being in the same team as her last year was pretty cool.”

Georgia said she didn’t get to bat with Sophie at all last year in the Blaze but hopes to in the future.

Georgia is mainly a top order batter and part time off-spin bowler.

In fact, it was her form with both bat and ball that helped Tawa College win the Wellington Premier 1 Girls’ Twenty20 title at the end of term one this year. In the final against Chilton St James, she struck a rapid 45 off 23 balls and then took 4 wickets in Chilton’s unsuccessful run chase.

Tawa recently qualified as Wellington’s representative for the NZSS National Finals tournament, which was sadly cancelled due to Covid 19.

“In the national qualifying tournament, we did really well, winning all our pool games and then smashed it in the semis and final and got through. We thought we would have had a pretty good chance at the NZSS tournament as well.”

For the record, Tawa beat Wellington Girls’ College in the semi-final and then beat last year’s winners Hutt Valley High School in the final.

As well as that, Georgia was the Wellington Women’s U19 captain last summer.

Georgia and opening bowler Tash Codyre (Hutt Valley High School) were the two Wellington players selected in the inaugural 18-strong New Zealand U19 Women’s squad last summer. They played matches against a NZ Policewomen’s XI and a NZ Provincial Women’s XI.

This year’s National U19 Women’s tournament is scheduled for Lincoln in Canterbury in January.

As well as Georgia and Tash – both of whom played for the Blaze last summer – Antonia Hamilton (Tawa) and leg-spinner Kate Chandler (Wellington Girls’ College), who is only year 10 this year, are the current school players in the wider Blaze squad this season.

The Blaze have made a winning start to their 2021/22 domestic season, beating Canterbury on both days of their 50-over Hallyburton Johnstone Shield double header in Rangiora.

Georgia made starts in both games, scoring 26 and 29 respectively. “This year I have found myself a bit higher up the batting order, so it was good to get out there and get a few runs in both games against really high-profile players like White Ferns Amy Satterthwaite and Frankie McKay.”

This past weekend’s return leg double-header against Canterbury at Karori Park was rained off on both days.

The Blaze start their Women’s Super Smash Twenty20 competition campaign next weekend against Canterbury in Christchurch.

Last season the Blaze were gunning for a four-peat of Twenty20 titles, but were beaten in the final by Canterbury, despite an Amelia Kerr hat-trick. “I played in the final, we were very close to getting on top of them but they just pipped us, so hopefully this year we can win the title again.”

In the meantime, Georgia hopes to play club cricket for North City this Saturday and then sit her NCEA Level 3 exams over the coming fortnight.