Why Ipswich achiever is on top of the world
HAVING shared in four Australian World Cup victories, evergreen indoor cricketer Dulane Carson has won just about everything there is in her sport.
However, adding World Cup Player of the Series runner-up to her long list of achievements was particularly satisfying.
"I was a bit surprised,'' the Karalee-based batting wicketkeeper said.
Carson, 45, won her latest honour helping the unbeaten Australian open women's team claim World Cup glory by beating South Africa in the final.
Carson had previously won many Player of the Series accolades in the Super League, at state level and at Australian championships. She was also Player of the Series for Australia in last year's Test matches against New Zealand in Port Macquarie.
However, being recognised at a World Cup was enjoyable after being involved with such a terrific group of Aussie women, playing in a new indoor cricketing nation.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) hosted the tournament in Dubai, entering a women's side for the first time.
Despite the typifically hot conditions outside, the air-conditioned indoor cricket centre provided a suitable environment for the players to thrive.
"It was wonderful. You can't get much better than that,'' Carson said, keen to play on at international level after such a rewarding tournament.
"It was probably one of the best tours I've been on.
"The team itself is just such a good side. It was so much fun.''
The Aussies wrapped up the World Cup final in September after comfortable wins over England, New Zealand, South Africa and newcomers UAE.
That followed Carson's earlier international successes in New Zealand, South Africa, England and Sri Lanka since she made her Australian debut in 1999.
In Dubai, the Aussie women had an acclimati- sation camp and joined other national sides in enjoying what the country offers.
Before her latest Australian honour, Carson also helped the Queensland open women regain their national title in Mackay.
With retirement off the agenda at the moment, the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre International Player of the Year is looking ahead.
She's retained her Queensland spot for next year's national titles.
The tenacious sportswoman nicknamed "Dools'' is also eager to see if a Test series against Sri Lanka goes ahead.
"I'll just see how the body goes and see what happens,'' she said, having managed calf and knee injuries in the past. "I was injury-free in Dubai but the trainers were looking after me.
"I'm actually loving it more now than what I ever have.''