Crookwell GDJCA player Bridgette Anable strikes a fine balance of late as she juggles representative duties in both cricket and hockey.
Most recently, the 14-year-old represented ACT Southern Districts at the Country Championships, which was followed by a berth with Cricket ACT in the Margaret Peden Shield.
The former competition, which took place from October 8 to October 9 at Raymond Terrace, pitted eight of the best regional teams in NSW against one another in two pools, and the best in each pool progressed to the final.
In this case, it was ACT Southern Districts and Riverina, and the former defended their 2018/19 title with a three-wicket victory.
"She was pretty happy with that. They're a good bunch of girls," Bridgette's father, Garry Anable, said.
"I suppose it's all about opportunity, and she was fortunate enough to get that opportunity to play in that team at Raymond.
"The main thing, from a parent's point of view, was that the opportunity to play cricket with the girls was good for her."
After the Country Championships wrapped up, Bridgette was off to the Margaret Peden Shield, where Cricket ACT team played against other teams from the Sydney region.
Cricket ACT finished eighth out of 13 teams with four wins, two losses, and a draw from seven matches, which indicates how tight the competition was.
Over the course of her two representative cricket bouts, Bridgette collected five wickets from nine matches, at an average of 18 and a run rate of 4.5 runs per over, and scored 58 runs from two innings at an average of 58.
While Anable was pleased with Bridgette's success, he said the best aspect was the opportunities opening up for young women such as his daughter.
"There's some pretty good opportunities for girls to pursue cricket if they want to and encourage them to try and get into these teams," he said.
The youngster's success is all the more remarkable considering that she is relatively new to representative cricket.
Before now, much of Bridgette's calendar revolved around her representative hockey duties with NSW junior sides.
Anable praised Hockey NSW and Cricket ACT for their help in balancing Bridgette's commitments.
"Both Hockey NSW and Cricket ACT work pretty well with girls who play dual sports at an elite level," Anable said.
"We haven't had a problem with that at this young age. She likes them both and we encourage her to play both as best she can.
"That's what both sports encourage. They don't want them making choices at this stage; they're very encouraging to try other sports."
Bridgette has also benefited from the experience of her older brother, Ollie Anable.
Ollie is a fast bowler who plays for Tuggeranong in the Canberra competition, and has spent time training with the ACT Comets.
Anable says their relationship has benefited Bridgette. "They used to play a fair bit in the backyard together," he said.
"Ollie tends to help his sister out with the technical side of things. He's a bit of a mentor for her, I suppose."