Carly Cooper and Eliza Flynn have made the state team after winning the Queensland 15 years girls cricket championships.
Carly Cooper and Eliza Flynn have made the state team after winning the Queensland 15 years girls cricket championships. Contributed

Cricket duo 'shopping' for title win

RAIN has forced local cricket stars Carly Cooper and Eliza Flynn off the pitch and into the shopping centres, with a number of games in the national championships washed out.

Cousins Cooper, 14, and Flynn, 13, travelled to Sydney last week to compete in the Queensland U15 girls' cricket team at the championships in Sydney.

The girls were bitterly disappointed to be rained out after winning an impressive four from four games.

Cooper said the wins were made even more satisfying after the Queensland team took down their toughest competitor, New South Wales.

The talented teen has some experience under her belt, having competed at the championships last year and was imparting her wisdom upon her younger team-mates.

She said she was enjoying playing the role of a mentor to the younger girls and hoped they looked up to her.

"You have a few more responsibilities helping them through - if they have had a bad day to just say better luck tomorrow," Cooper said.

Although she had competed before, Cooper said she liked to go into a competition with an open mind.

"You have a bit of knowledge but you can never expect what a team's going to be like," Cooper said.

"We knew that coming in to the comp New South Wales would be our rivals but the other teams have proven they are there for a reason."

The girls competed at Olympic Park for one of their games and Cooper said the buzz of the stadium was thrilling.

"The atmosphere is great and you really get a taste of what it's like to play at a stadium," she said.

Clifton girl Flynn is representing Queensland for the first time this year, just one year after the talented teen first picked up the cricket bat.

Her natural talent has shined through so far and was likely to get her a lot further in her sporting career.

"It's just fun and with the girls team, everyone just talks a lot and is really nice," she said.

Flynn said she got the urge to play last year after enjoying games at school and the sporty teen also plays soccer, basketball and athletics.

Cooper and Flynn were scheduled to play in the finals today but it was still raining yesterday and unlikely that would happen.

The girls have spent the last couple of days taking advantage of Sydney's shopping and enjoyed a spot of ten-pin bowling.


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