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Redmayne Adds New String To Bow

13 February 2018

Rising Tasmania wicketkeeper Georgia Redmayne receives the Betty Wilson Young Women's Cricketer of the Year Award

Tasmanian and Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper, Australia A representative, soon-to-be doctor, history maker.

Now Georgia Redmayne can add another title to her rapidly growing resume: Betty Wilson Young Women's Cricket of the Year.

The 24-year-old received the honour at the Allan Border Medal evening on Monday, voted by her peers as Australia's most promising rising player.

It was just reward for a 12-month period that saw Redmayne score 413 domestic runs – 284 more than the next eligible player – and complete 11 catches and one stumping.

The award, named in honour of one of Australia's greatest allrounders, was introduced last year to recognise a player aged 24 years or younger who had played 10 or fewer matches before 5 December 2016.

Voted for by Australian-based international, state and WBBL-contracted cricketers, with players unable to vote for people from their own state, it takes into account performances in the Women's National Cricket League, Rebel WBBL and games at international level between 10 December 2016 and 28 November last year.

Redmayne's strong domestic summer in 2016-17 was enough to see her earn selection in the Australia A tour of Sri Lanka last April and represent a CA XI in a tour game against England last November.

It started with a century for the Roar in the 50-over WNCL – the first ever scored by a Tasmania player – that despite falling outside the voting period, set the tone for what was a successful season in purple.

Redmayne scored 278 runs during WBBL|02 as the Hurricanes made the semi-finals for the second year running, and completed 12 dismissals behind the stumps.

She then started the 2017-18 WNCL season on a promising note, scoring 89 against Western Australia.

It continued what's been an exciting rise for the New South Wales native, who signed with Tasmania and Hobart in 2016 in search of opportunities after missing out on a contract with either Sydney team in WBBL|01, and struggling to make an impact in a NSW system packed with talent.

More impressively, Redmayne's giant strides on the field have come while she juggles cricket with the heavy study load of a medicine degree at the University of New South Wales.

"I missed out on the first WBBL season, which was a bit disappointing from a personal point of view, but it's always really hard to break into the system in New South Wales, the depth that they've got there," Redmayne told cricket.com.au earlier this summer.

"It was getting to the point when my uni was probably getting a bit more full-on and I'd been doing a lot of training without actually really being able to play too much and I was tossing up whether I wanted to continue doing rep cricket or whether to focus on uni.

"And it just so happened that I got a call from Julia Price at the right time asking me to come down and play for the Roar and the Hurricanes.

"I always just look at that and think that it was just bizarre, the luck that it came at that time. I consider myself pretty lucky to be able to get the opportunities that I have done in Tassie and I love playing down here and hope to keep repaying the favour, really.

"I always feel that I was given an opportunity out of nowhere."

While Redmayne considers herself fortunate to have been sought out by Cricket Tasmania coach Julia Price is equally thrilled to have landed the young talent.

"She's a very competitive person, she's got a good, fighting spirit, and I love that part of her character," Price told cricket.com.au earlier in the summer.

"She's got a really good sense of humour, she's easy-going. We give her a lot of grief down here and she takes it very, very well."

"She's worked really hard on getting better with her keeping and being more consistent. She's going to continue to keep improving that and she's been excellent.

"She's just great to have around the group, a real team player and someone who can really get the team going and lead by example."

Laura Jolly is a writer for cricket.com.au. She previously wrote for News Corp Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. @JollyLauz18

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