Port Augusta cricket sensation Cate Dunemann is making a habit of donning the red, gold and blue of South Australia.
In just her fifth year of competitive cricket, Cate is set to represent her state at the Cricket Australia National Championships for the third time.
The 14-year-old all-rounder will fly to Canberra on February 19 after being selected in the under 15 female side.
Cate said it was a “pretty good feeling” to be picked to represent SA once again.
“I was in the U15 team last year and the U12s two years before that,” she said.
The selection process, which involved several trips to Adelaide for games and training, started way back in April 2018.
With no female cricket teams in Port Augusta, Cate plies her trade locally for Central/Stirling in the male U14 and U17 sides.
Her impressive form in the local competition led to back-to-back selections in the Upper North’s boys team for the SA Country Cup.
Growing up, Cate has always been the only female cricketer in Port Augusta, but she is excited to see a few more girls stepping up to the crease.
“There’s now young girls playing for South and Quorn, so it’ll be good for them to play against other girls, not just boys,” she said.
Cate has been playing for Northern Districts in Adelaide in the lead-up to the National Championships, giving her the opportunity to go up against the strongest female players in the state.
While Cate dreams of one day representing Australia, she has her sights firmly set on helping her team go one better in Canberra after finishing in second place at last year’s championships.
As one of the older players in the team, she hopes to use her experience to lead by example.
“Hopefully I’ll make more runs than last year and I hope I get to bowl. I like to do both,” Cate said.
“Last year I didn’t get to bowl at all, so hopefully if I do get to bowl, I’ll take a few wickets.”
Cate’s assistant coach for the championships is South Australian Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers star Tegan McPharlin.
The SA side will compete in Canberra from February 20-26, then fly back to Adelaide the following day.
In addition to cricket, Cate also plays basketball and netball, and previously played football.