Former CQ junior reps to team up for Qld Country
CRICKET: Emerald's Tess Cooper and Rockhampton's Lauren Shackleton (below) first played cricket together in the Capricornia under-15 representative team.
A handful of seasons later and they find themselves as teammates again, playing for Sandgate- Redcliffe in the Brisbane competition.
Next January, they will step onto the representative stage again, this time as members of the Queensland Country women's team which will contest the national championships in Wollongong.
Cooper was a member of the Queensland team which finished third in the inaugural championships in 2014-15.
She is hoping that the team can go one better and make it to the final in January.
It's been an amazing couple of weeks for Cooper, who realised her cricketing dream when she made her debut for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire in the Women's National Cricket League a fortnight ago.
In her opening match, she scored a solid 35 against the ACT but in the second game was dismissed for a duck against Victoria.
"I played well against the ACT. I was nervous but I knew I had a job to do and I just did it.
"There was no better feeling than getting that first run. It was great to play at that level.
"The next day unfortunately I got a duck but that's the way cricket goes.
"We won against Victoria and that secured us a grand final spot this weekend against New South Wales.”
"That's going to be a tough game. New South Wales are playing their 21st final in a row.
"They're a very good team - they've got the likes of (Australian players) Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy but we're hoping to take the title this year.
"I've been named in the 12 so I'm really excited. I wasn't expecting to play in the final so I'm sure that's going to be more nerve-racking than making my debut.”
The WNCL will be played from 10am on Saturday at Brisbane's Allan Border Field.