Star's golden touch

TALENTED all-round cricketer Madeline Penna is the first female from the Mounties to be picked for a state team in close to 50 years.

Penna, 12, of Green Valley, has been selected in the NSW PSSA girls' cricket team to compete at the National Championships in Adelaide from December 8.

It caps a whirlwind 18 months in the sport where she has won a premiership and been chosen as one of the top 10 cricketers in the Mounties Junior Cricket Club.

"I was playing soccer and I injured my knee so I had to play a non-impact sport so I decided to play cricket and I have loved it ever since," she said.

"When I heard my name being called out for the NSW team I was so excited.

"I can't wait to represent my state."

The John the Baptist Primary School pupil said she enjoyed the challenge of playing against the boys on a weekly basis and draws inspiration from cricket idol Ellyse Perry.

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