Kasee?s ton books Fire final place
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
A DEVASTATING century against the Victoria Spirit last Sunday may be just the knock that sparks higher honours for former Gladstone cricketer Kasee Marxsen.
In a must-win match for her team Queensland Fire, the 21-year-old smashed the Vics all around Allan Border Field hitting a massive 16 fours in a majestic 105 off just 125 balls.
Not a bad effort, considering it was Kasee's maiden century at Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) level and also booked the Fire a place in the next month's best of three finals against rivals NSW.
'I went out there to back myself and be positive,' Marxsen said.
'It definitely worked for me on the day and to get my first ton for the Fire was great.
'All the girls were very happy including (Fire captain) Melissa (Bulow) who is also my housemate.
"The best part of it was that I didn't have to run much, which was good,' she joked.
What made the century even more special for Kasee was the fact her parents Don and Jennifer were at the ground.
'Mum and Dad were here to see the hundred, they were pretty stoked because they usually come and watch all my home games,' she said.
'They are my biggest fans and it is great to see them when they come down.'
The century added another chapter to a glittering story which first started when a 10-year-old Kasee strapped on the pads for Meteors Cricket Club.
It wasn't long before her hardhitting batting made a serious impression and Kasee quickly earned Queensland caps at under 17 and under-19 level.
But it was the move to Brisbane after her schooling in 2001 that took Kasee to the next level as a cricketer.
The honours kept flooding in, with the highlight two games for the Australian under-19 team against England followed by the call-up for the Fire during the 2002-03 season.
With everything falling into place, the future looked bright, but unfortunately Kasee would miss the majority of the next two seasons due to serious injuries (a shoulder reconstruction in 2003/04 and compartment syndrome in her legs at the start of this season).
'The time I spent out because of injury made me more determined to get back and play good cricket,' she said.
And judging by the quality of last Sunday's knock she certainly has.
Not refusing to dwell on that time, rather looking only towards the future and the Fire winning the WNCL crown looms large for Kasee.
'It is not going to be easy with NSW having a number of good players including the Blackwell sisters and Lisa Sthalekar in their team,' she said.
"But saying that, cricket is a funny game sometimes and you never know.
'NSW are the favourites, but we are going in with winning form on our side and will give it our best.'
If she keeps batting like last Sunday, don't be surprised if many more hundreds and future honours as a result are headed the way of Kasee Marxsen.