Girls cricket alive and thriving in North Burnett
ONE of Mundubbera’s very own has represented Wide Bay in the state girls cricket carnival, after only playing the sport for one year.
Mundubbera state school student Tylee Whelan competed in Toowoomba from October 7-9 in the 10-12 age group.
Playing over six T20 games and one 40 over game, these were her first ever matches with the sport.
Tylee snagged stellar bowling figures of 2/13 in one match, taking three wickets overall for the competition.
Mother Lisa Whelan was impressed by her daughter’s medium-fast pace bowling over the carnival, saying she put in a huge effort.
“The players only had one training session together, since the team is from different parts of Wide Bay,” Mrs Whelan said.
“But Tylee trained three to four times a week in Mundubbera, in preparation for Toowoomba.”
Tylee had only just recently picked up the sport in the last 12 months, originally trialling last year for the North Burnett team.
She enjoyed cricket so much she trialled again this year, and was then successfully picked for Wide Bay.
Taking inspiration from Brisbane Heat dynamo Chris Lynn, Mrs Whelan says her daughter lives and breathes cricket.
“She has all of the Brisbane Heat memorabilia in a corner of her room, so she’s a big Heat fan.”
Mundubbera schoolteacher Michelle Fry praised Tylee’s efforts, considering the junior cricket season had only just started.
“For her to get selected when there has been no competition on is an achievement in itself,” Mrs Fry said.
“Her initiative has really come through with the love of the sport.”