In-form regional players form heart of Queensland women's side
WHEN the Queensland over-30 women's indoor cricket team heads to the national championships in Perth next year it will rely heavily on its Ipswich connection.
The team will include five Ipswich players, after Western Zone claimed the recent Queensland Zone championship title at Strathpine.
Four of the five - Donna Dalby, Kerryn Graham, Jodie Spall, Kylie Henrich - were part of last year's victorious Queensland team, which made it eight wins from the past nine national championships.
They are rejoined this time by Dulane Carson.
The five women share a strong bond, having represented Queensland together for many years. They also won the Brisbane Super League title for Ipswich this season, despite not giving themselves any chance early.
"It is something we didn't think would happen," Graham said.
"It's been a while since Ipswich has won. But we did have Dules and Donna back and they're both Australian representative players.
"We never looked at it like we were going to be in the finals and only had seven players in the final. "We were one short but still won."
Next year's national championships carry added significance for the state representatives because it is a World Cup year.
Graham admits thoughts of representing Australia at the tournament in Sri Lanka had entered her mind.
"It definitely would be an honour to represent my country," she said.
"I'll have to work a lot harder."