A trio of the South West’s finest female cricketers are getting ready to jet off to Canberra and compete on the national stage this week. Nannup’s Emma Bresser, Donnybrook’s Brodie Stewart, 16, and Bunbury’s Emily Allen, 16, are “nervous, but excited” in anticipation of the week ahead, which will see them compete in six T20 matches for WA Country at the Australian Country Cricket Championships. They will be joined by a squad of regional WA’s finest, selected from sides as far flung as the Kimberley, Pilbara, Great Southern and Esperance regions. It is the first tour for Donnybrook bowler Stewart and batsman Allen — who play for Donnybrook and Colts respectively — who are excited to take their passion for the sport to the big leagues. “I’m pretty nervous — it’s going to be tough competition,” Stewart said. “I’ve heard the Eastern States are pretty good, but it’s going to be good going away with this team. “It’s a great bunch of girls and it’s going to be very fun.” Allen, who plays for Colts in the Bunbury & Districts Cricket Association, said there was plenty for her to learn during the nine-day tournament from the more senior players on the team. “I’m very excited because being a young kid, there’s a lot to learn by going and we’ve got a lot of mentors in the team, like Janelle Phillips from Geraldton,” she said. “I look up to her a lot as the captain as well.” It is Bresser’s third tour, which she said was always a great experience, with the team’s 2019 tour to Shepparton landing them a podium third-place finish. Bresser, who has been around cricket her whole life and plays for Colts in the BDCA, said there was a fantastic sense of camaraderie among the women’s country cricket teams across Australia. “The people you meet in the other teams are a good group and everyone wants cricket to do well, and women in cricket to do well,” she said. The Nannup local also sang the praises of the WA Country team’s coach, Angele Gray. “I’ve been on two tours before and it’s always a great experience to go away,” Bresser said. “We’ve got a fantastic coach with Angele, she’s an amazing coach. “The amount of effort she puts into it — she’ll go all the way up to Karratha and all the way down to Albany to see players and do sessions.” Gray selected the team during several community sessions across the State and from players’ competition statistics, with the team getting together for a few trainings since and playing together at a carnival at the Western Australian Cricket Association stadium in Perth last year. In the men’s competition, eight BDCA players made the squad, which will play six 50-over matches over the tournament, opening against Queensland on Friday. WA Country women’s squad Janelle Phillips (c), Shyanne Thomas (vc), Jo Walker (dvc), Emily Allen, Megan Bam, Emma Bresser, Drew Epis, Abby Green, Tia Hatch, Holly Pearce, Meg Spalding, Jorja Squiers, Brodie Stewart. Women’s fixtures Game 1: ACT vs WA, Saturday January 14, 4pm AEDT @ Phillip Oval Game 2: WA vs QLD, Sunday January 15, 2:30pm AEDT @ Canberra Grammar Game 3: VIC vs WA, Monday January 16, 10am AEDT @ Harrison District Playing Fields 105 Game 4: SA vs WA, Monday January 16 2:30pm, AEDT @ Harrison District Playing Fields 105 Game 5: Papua New Guinea vs WA, Tuesday January 17, 4pm AEDT @ Phillip Oval Game 6: NSW vs WA, Wednesday January 18, 12:30pm AEDT @ Phillip Oval Semifinals: Thursday January 19 @ Chisholm Oval Final: Friday January 20, 9am AEDT @ Phillip Oval WA Country men’s squad Tim Hutchison (c), Jeremy Wood (vc), Daniel Abel, Bevan Bennell, Damien Burrage, Julian Crudeli, Nathan Crudeli, Cruize Ciallella, Adam France, Calum How, Michael Noble, Michael Tassone, Jacob Wintle.