Carolyn Sheehan will get a second bite of the cherry in 2018 after her side fell short of the National Country Cricket Championships earlier in the year.
The Mudgee resident is assistant coach for the second year running and will travel to Geraldton for nine days alongside coach Neil McDonald and the team on January 4.
2017 was the first time a women’s side featured in the country championships and Sheehan was thrilled to be part of the inaugural squad.
“It was really special,” Sheehan said.
“Country cricket is generally the lifeblood of the sport so I was happy to involved with the first women’s side.”
It was a one run loss to Victoria in the semi finals that saw the country girls miss out on a spot in the deciding match.
“Should have, could have, didn’t” she said.
“We’re hoping for a better outcome next year but we still did well in our first ever appearance.”
Two years ago, Sheehan was named a cricket NSW life member and has her sights set on another landmark in Geraldton.
“We’re expecting a better outcome this year.” she said.
“It’s a more balanced side this year with more bowling options.
“Last year we had plenty of good bowlers but they basically bowled the same whereas this year we’ve got the variety which will put us in better stead.”
Sheehan is the only woman in New South Wales to receive the lifetime coaching award as she’s been mentoring since she was 14.
“I started coaching before I finished playing.”
“I’ve worked with zone sides, country sides and other sides in New South Wales for years and years.”
The team will play a minimum of five games before entering a playoff system that sees all sides compete for final rankings.