Ruth Johnston (left) was awarded the Jodie Fields Scholarship following an impressive season with bat and ball.
Ruth Johnston (left) was awarded the Jodie Fields Scholarship following an impressive season with bat and ball. Leanne Bichel

Scholarship caps a memorable season

IT HAS been a breakout season for Ruth Johnston.

The Ipswich/Logan Hornets cricketer recently earned a spot in Cricket Australia's Under-15 Girls Talent squad, following starring roles for Queensland at both the U15 and U18 national championships.

But the accolades did not stop with representative selection.

The 14-year-old was recently awarded the Jodie Fields Scholarship, named after the former Australian and Queensland captain.

Fields created the scholarship to directly contribute to the growth of the women's game in the state.

Johnston was in the midst of the U18 State Championships when she learned of the scholarship.

"I got the phone call out of the blue. It was really exciting,” she said.

"Some of the girls playing for Queensland had got it before so they told me what was part of it.”

Teammate Renee Irvine received the scholarship last year, and helped elaborate on what the scholarship entailed.

Supported and funded by the UQ Business School and Kookaburra Sport, the scholarship is split between three different areas; education, developing cricket goals, and purchasing sport equipment.

It's a huge help to Johnston who travels from Toowoomba to Ipswich to play for the Hornets, as well as to Brisbane for representative training.

Johnston's dad David said the scholarship was also a confidence boost for the talented youngster.

Johnston joined the Hornets in their inaugural season last year, in which they won the Jodie Fields Shield in the Brisbane Premier Grade second division competition.

The Hornets are currently undefeated this season.



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