Australian honour puts Elise in a spin
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
'I COULDN'T believe it, I thought they got the wrong name,' would have to go as one of the better reactions to being named in an Australian team.
This quote belonged to Gladstone cricketer Elise Hackett who earned selection in the honorary Australian under-17 girls team after starring for Queensland at the recent National Championships in Adelaide.
The 15-year-old left-arm orthodox spinner was one of the shining lights for the Maroons who finished runners-up to the all-conquering NSW outfit.
As one of the younger members of the Maroons, Hackett was pleased to play her part.
'I was pretty happy with the way I performed, it would have been nice to take a few more wickets,' Hackett said.
Even though the wickets didn't come as often as what she liked, Hackett certainly did enough to catch the eye of selectors who named her as an Australian representative.
'I was just sitting at the table and couldn't believe my ears, to be picked in the Australian team at 15 is a big honour,' she said.
'I was surprised, but probably not as much as my Papa (Charlie) and my Aunty Trish.'
Having been born in Adelaide, Hackett had arguably the strongest support of any player at the championships, with a number of extended family members spectators at her games.
'To have a lot of family there was nice, it was great to have their support and I think it helped me a lot,' she said.
Hackett also wanted to thank Queensland coach Cameron Garnham and Queensland Cricket CQ regional manager Sean Toovey for their guidance and support.
She now focuses on Gladstone club and representative cricket in her bid to be a part of next year's championships in Victoria.