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Sportstar June 2016 nominees

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September 23, 2016

Indoor cricketer Chloe Rafferty and hockey player Ian Wright are June 2016's Sportstar nominees.

Moama student Chloe Rafferty is loving the indoor life at the moment.

After last season’s green-and-gold appearance at the under 18 indoor cricket World Series tournament, Chloe – currently in year 11 at St Joseph’s College – stepped up another level in June, named as part of Australia’s under 22 women’s team.

Alongside twin sister Paris, Chloe played for Victoria’s under 22s at the national championship in Melbourne and will now meet New Zealand in September in a four-game Trans-Tasman Challenge series.

Even better news is the fact that Chloe’s appearance for Australia against the Kiwis will also serve as an opportunity to push for selection in the side to be taken to next year’s youth World Cup.

In just four appearances for the Big V, Chloe impressed the national selectors.

And had a lot of fun meeting players from across the country into the bargain.

And may go even further in the coming years if indoor cricket gets the nod for a Commonwealth or Olympic Games.

An Australian gold medallist and a state representative in the same year.

That’s the victorious path taken by Echuca hockey master Ian Wright over the past six weeks.

By early June he was recounting a famous World Grand Masters title – at over 70 years of age and over the oldest sporting enemy Australia has.

England.

In a penalty shoot-out.

And by September he’ll be back in action for Victoria at the national titles in Adelaide.

Not a bad effort for more than 50 years in the sport.

Wright is considered an attacking midfielder and occasional forward, meaning he has to work a lot harder if he wants to hit the back of the net.

Surprisingly, for a gold medal winner, Wright has also been modest about his achievements.

Even he was surprised to discover he was still that good.

And when you hit the 70 to 75-year age range, being that good requires more and more hard work, just to keep up with your team-mates.

But for as long as Wright remains devoted the sport he’ll be back on the field whenever he can.

And once he’s finished at state level he has hopes of – yes, you guessed it – suiting up for Australia once more in 2017.

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