A decade back, Australia captain Meg Lanning created history when she became the first female to represent APS Sport First XI Cricket Team. 10 years later, Georgia Gall and Meika King became the second and third female players to achieve this stupendous feat.
APS Sport which is the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) was formed in 1908. 11 member schools participate in 23 sporting competitions throughout the year.
Georgia Gall joined Meg Lanning as only the second female to play First XI cricket in the APS competition. Gall is only the second female to play in an APS First XI match in the competition’s 113-year history. The Geelong Grammar student has joined Australian cricketing royalty by achieving something only once accomplished in the 113-year history of the Victorian private school competition. She made her debut on March 12 against Melbourne Grammar at the Corio school. Gall is a 16-year old all-rounder, who was signed up by Melbourne Stars last year. Though she did not make her debut for the Stars, there is seldom any doubt about her talent. She hails from Euroa and was also selected to represent the Cricket Australia XI in 2019 – a squad of 15 young cricketers who compete in the national Under 18 championships. Gall is a left hand bat and a left-arm quick bowler.
Meg Lanning created history when she became the first female to represent an @APS_Sport First XI Cricket Team.
Over a decade later, Georgia Gall and Meika King became the second and third female players to achieve the feat! 👏 pic.twitter.com/inuh3jWx5M
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) March 22, 2021
Meika King is another player who entered the record books as she became the third female player to represent APS Sport First XI Cricket Team. King is a 16-year old right-arm quick. She became the first female cricketer to play for the Wesley College First XI in the APS. The medium-pacer made her debut against St. Kevin’s on March 12 taking 2-32 off her 10 overs. She’s a very capable cricketer. She bowls quickly and has the ability to swing the ball.
A lot will be expected from both Georgia Gall and Meika King as they will take big strides in the world of women’s cricket. Their predecessor Meg Lanning has done wonders for Cricket Australia, not only with the bat but also as the leader of the side. Lanning has led Australia to three ICC Women’s World T20 championships so far.
I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.