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Holly’s World Cup glory

WORLD CUP WATCHING: Mark, Lane and Robyn Ferling watch live coverage of the ICC Women's World Cup Final between Australia and India at the Carollee Hotel on Sunday night.
WORLD CUP WATCHING: Mark, Lane and Robyn Ferling watch live coverage of the ICC Women's World Cup Final between Australia and India at the Carollee Hotel on Sunday night. Aiden Burgess

WATCHING your child represent the green and gold is a proud moment for any parent, let alone if they are producing a standout performance for Australia.

Mark and Robyn Ferling have recently felt this emotion only a select group of parents have experienced.

Their daughter, Holly, has been a member of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Australian women's cricket team in its pursuit of this month's ICC Women's World Cup in India.

The Southern Stars were crowned World Cup champions on Sunday night after their victory against the West Indies in the final. Holly was named 12th man for the decider after previously taking nine wickets in her four matches at the tournament.

Mrs Ferling said she couldn't express enough how proud she was of her daughter's Australian selection and subsequent success in India.

"We knew one day maybe she would play at that level, but to have the opportunity to play for Australia and going over there and playing well has exceeded all expectations," she said. "It's kind of hard to express it in words.

"You feel very proud that someone from our town and our own family has achieved everything she worked so hard for."

Mrs Ferling said 2012 had been a meteoric rise for her daughter.

"This whole year has been one thing after another as she made the Australian Shooting Stars junior team before the Queensland Fire state team, and to then make the Australian Southern Stars for the World Cup was the icing on the cake."

Mrs Ferling said her daughter found her cricket talent by chance, despite having attended games to watch younger brother Lane play.

"When she was 11 a friend asked her to come along to the primary school trials, which were on the next day, and she'll even admit that when she used to watch Lane play she'd be reading a book," she said.

"She may never have known that she had a cricketing talent if she didn't go to the trials."

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