Elise Hackett returns after fine performance
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A WELL-earned rest and catching up with family is what young Gladstone cricketer Elise Hackett was looking forward to after her return home from the Australian Female Under-17 Championships in Perth yesterday.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Hackett was a fine performer in her first appearance for the state team and finished the week-long carnival with 11 wickets at a great average of just 9.73.
Elise's best performance was saved for the Maroons final match of the carnival, where she picked up the outstanding figures of 4/4 off 6.1 overs.
It was a great finish for the 14- year-old who enjoyed the chance to represent her state and was pleased to return to form after a tough start.
'I had a ball over there,' Hack- ett said.' It was a shame we could not have won more games because we finished the carnival with a win.
'To finish with 4/4 was very nice and was pleasing because I worked on my action and to see that it worked was exciting.' Unfortunately Queensland fin- ished the carnival in fourth spot winning just two of their matches, but Elise added the spirit in the camp was positive and helped her throughout.
'The girls were great to get along with ? they really helped me during the week and even though we struggled, the feeling in the team was always positive,' she said.
Hackett cannot wait to unleash her improved bowling technique in club cricket and added she would continue to work harder on her game.
'I know that I have to keep im- proving my cricket and hopefully I will get back to play for Queens- land next year,' she said.
One person who was happy Elise was home yesterday was mum Annie who could not have been any prouder.