Cricketing trio off to championships

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE trio Elise Hackett, Emily Slatter and Hannah Webb will be on the hunt for victory at this weekend's Queensland Secondary Schools Girls Cricket Championships in Brisbane.

The talented cricketing trio head to the capital on Friday as key members of the Central Queensland under-15 team who are keen to perform well against the state's best.

Gladstone State High student Hackett is sure to feature heavily having represented Queensland at the national under-17 championships in Perth earlier this year.

Her left-arm spin proved difficult to play then and she is hoping for a few wickets this weekend, particularly against the Brisbane-based teams.

'It would be great to take as many wickets as I can and help us win as many games as possible,' Hackett said.

'We want to show that country girls can mix it with the city teams.'

Hackett has been working hard on her game, particularly her batting during the off-season with new CQ development officer Shaun Toovey and dad Tony.

She is hoping that the work starts to pay dividends and would like to be in the runs as well.

'I have been working on my batting, it would be great if I can get some runs as well as wickets,' she said.

Fellow GSHS student Slatter goes into the championships as one of the younger team-members at 13, but that won't stop this young quick making an impact with the new ball.

'I think I will be opening the bowling, that would be great and like Elise I would love to get as many wickets as I can,' Slatter said.

"Bowling with a new ball is a lot of fun and I can't wait to go down, I know the grounds we are playing on are great and have their own picket fences.'

Meanwhile, Tannum State High student Webb is going to be a crucial member of the CQ top order. Webb is hungry for runs and like her Gladstone team-mates can't wait to take on the best of the best.

'I am hoping to make some runs, that would be great,' Webb said.

'It is great to go on trips away like this and play the best teams from all across Queensland.'

All three girls wanted to take the opportunity to thank their parents for supporting their cricket and echoed these sentiments.

'If it wasn't for our mum's and dad's supporting us, we wouldn't be here, so thank you.'

The championships start this Saturday and finish on Monday at the Northgate Cricket Fields in North Brisbane.



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