Queensland under-15 representative Carly Cooper bowls for Wheatvale in club cricket at Slade Park.
Queensland under-15 representative Carly Cooper bowls for Wheatvale in club cricket at Slade Park. Gerard Walsh

Carly aims to bowl seniors over

AT AGE 14 and going into year 10 this year, Bony Mountain girl Carly Cooper is one of the youngest cricketers plying her trade in the Warwick senior competition.

What makes this achievement more memorable is she is a girl playing in a competition populated almost exclusively by men.

This might seem a daunting task but Cooper, being a confident young woman, likes the challenge.

"I feel playing senior cricket for Wheatvale has really improved my game.

"Playing at this level is tougher because the bowling is faster and more accurate," she said. "If I keep playing senior cricket, my skills will be taken to a higher level."

It has definitely been a new and challenging experience for Cooper who remarked that playing senior cricket was a "bit different".

"It's been a bit different playing mostly with men and not having girls around to talk to and mix with. But I've still enjoyed the cricket as a contest."

She has set her sights on honours beyond Warwick senior cricket and hopes to one day break into the Queensland Fire team.

"I really hope so, it's one of my ultimate goals and I have worked very hard so far."

Cooper had an illustrious junior career highlighted by beating NSW in the final of this season's U15 Australian Championships in Sydney.

"It was great beating NSW, especially bowling them all out," she said.


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