Ararat's Kayla Stuchbree enjoying challenge at indoor cricket nationals | photos

Ararat junior cricket sensation Kayla Stuchbree has continued her rise up the ranks, competing in her second National Indoor Cricket Championships this week.

Stuchbree donned the Victoria uniform for the second time, playing in the under-17 Victoria Blue side competing at Toowoomba.

The junior championships kicked off on Saturday and run until Thursday. Stuchbree’s team has had a mixed tournament so far, winning two and losing four matches.

“So far it has been a bit of a challenge getting used to the nets and the facility,” Stuchbree said.

“It is an amazing opportunity and I am so lucky to be where I am today.”

Despite her side not recording the results they may have liked, Stuchbree said she is still enjoying the experience.

“It’s fun, upbeat and everyone is always in the game. There’s no pressure and it’s a team game where you help each other to get through the game,” she said.

“It’s an amazing feeling pulling on the shirt with the V and wearing it with pride. Knowing that everyone can tell myself and my team are from Victoria makes me so proud to be wearing the shirt.”

Originally from Chalambar Cricket Club, now at Golden Point Cricket Club, the 17-year-old has been a pioneer for girls cricket in the Grampians region.

She was instrumental in getting the Grampians girls under-13 cricket team running, coaching the side while continuing to develop her own game, being selected in multiple representative sides for outdoor and indoor cricket.

Victoria Blue play a game on Wednesday night and two on Thursday. They need to move one place from fifth to fourth to compete in the finals on Friday.