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Georgia's Juggling Act

30 November 2017
Georgia Wareham

Juggling high-school VCE exams and being a semi-professional cricketer isn’t easy, just ask Georgia Wareham.

The 18-year-old has just completed her VCE exams and is looking forward to being back in Renegades colours for the third consecutive year.

The talented all-rounder played all 14 games for the Melbourne Renegades last season, as a middle order batter – finishing the year on a high with a season-high 20 against WBBL|02 champions Sydney Sixers.

Wareham is pleased the weight of exams is off her shoulders.

“I’m really excited they’re done, I can put them behind me now and focus on my cricket which is handy. Once you finish you’re just happy they’re over, I’ll see how I go in a few weeks when I get the marks back.” Wareham said.

Not only was the importance of exams a task for the Mortlake College student, but having to train in the lead up to the Vic Spirit’s opening games in Sydney in October provided an additional obstacle.

“It was a bit tricky. I was doing some training at home and satellite coaching with my regional coach in the country,” she said.

“Hempy (David Hemp) was really good about it and I just kept on top of my stuff and got down to Melbourne when I could.”

After exams, Wareham was given the opportunity to represent the Governor General’s XI in their clash against England in Canberra.

The right-arm leg spinner showed plenty of promise with ball in hand, up against England’s strong batting line up.

“It was a really good experience, to be able to bowl to some of the English girls and to be around them and be around the best players from Australia, I learnt so much from it and it was really good.”

Wareham can’t wait to be back in red and is hoping to play a role in the Renegades’ push towards WBBL|03 finals.

Wareham was the youngest WBBL player to debut in WBBL|01 as a 16-year-old, playing against Brisbane Heat at the GABBA in December 2015.

“I’m looking forward to being back in Red, it’s going to be a really good season and I can’t wait,” Wareham said.

“We have a new coach, new skipper and a really well balanced squad so I think it’s going to go really well. In the end it’s all about winning games and I’m happy to play my role with bat, ball and in the field.

“We’ve got a well-rounded team and some really strong internationals, so I think we’re really pushing towards finals, as we’ve had the experience as a younger group with a few games under our belts, so I think we’re ready to push towards the end of the season.”

Experienced Vic Spirit wicket-keeper batter Emma Inglis has crossed from rivals Melbourne Stars to the Melbourne Renegades this season, with Wareham looking forward to playing alongside her this season.

“She’s a really good mentor and played a lot of games. She has a lot of experience and is really good to talk to and get some advice off. It’s great that she’s come across to red.”

Melbourne Renegades WBBL List Manager Duncan Harrison is looking forward to seeing Wareham play, after a strong start to the Victorian Premier Cricket season.

“She’s a girl that has really improved, she went to Sri Lanka at the back end of last season with the Shooting Stars and that was good for her,” Harrison said.

“She’s been doing Year 12 and worked through it, we’re expecting her to blossom and she’s had two ‘player of the round’ awards for Premier Cricket which is good. Her batting has come on a bit more over the last 12 months and her bowling continues to improve.”