SPEED TO BURN FOR FIRE IN 2012-13
Athletic teenage Kingaroy pace bowler Holly Ferling and former Australian quick Delissa Kimmince will provide the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire with speed to burn for the coming 2012-13 cricket season.
The 16-year-old Ferling will join fellow teen quick Sammy-Jo Johnson as one of the new additions to the Fire squad, while 23-year-old Kimmince makes her return after playing club cricket last summer for Beenleigh/Logan.
Kimmince, who played 10 ODIs for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in 2008 and 2009, took much of 2010 off from cricket for career reasons, but is now in a position to re-join the Fire squad.
Ferling was a Fire rookie player last summer and toured New Zealand earlier this year with the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars U-21 side where she was coached by Belinda Clark, the former Australian captain and ICC Hall of Fame member.
Johnson, who linked with the Fire from Lismore last season, played 10 matches for Queensland with a best of 3-9 in the WT20 against the ACT Meteors.
The Fire will again be led by Southern Stars captain and wicket-keeper Jodie Fields.
Newly recalled Australian squad member Melissa Bulow, the Fire player of the year, is coming off an outstanding Women's Twenty20 season for Queensland where she was the leading run-scorer, scoring 505 runs at an average of 50.5 and a strike-rate of 119.39.
The squad contains five current or former Southern Stars members, including current allrounder Jessica Jonassen and pace bowler Kirsten Pike, who played 26 ODIS, 10 T20 Internationals and a Test between 2005 and 2009.
Ferling, allrounder Jemma Barsby and wicket-keeper Beth Mooney are all current members of the Shooting Stars U-21 Australian squad.
Queensland commenced off-season training this week.
Hard-hitting batter Lyndall Daley and experienced allrounder Leteysha Randall announced their retirement at the end of last season, where the Fire finished third in the WT20 and fifth in the WNCL one-day competition.
The Fire have nominated six rookie players for the coming year, including Charters Towers product Haidee Birkett, Rockhampton’s Tamika Hansen, Nanago’s Lauren Hume, Condamine wicket-keeper Alice Smith, Sandgate-Redcliffe’s Nicole Geddes and Wests teenager Grace McKellar.
Smith, who boards at Fairholme College in Toowoomba, was named in the Australian Under-15 Merit team following the national championships last season that was won by Queensland. She also plays for Wests in the Katherine Raymont Shield premiership around her school commitments.
Birkett, Hansen, Hume, Geddes and McKellar were all members of the Queensland Under-18 side that finished third in the national titles last season.
Andy Richards, who was co-coach on the recent Shooting Stars tour of New Zealand, will continue as the Fire mentor for his third season.
2012-13 Konica Minolta Queensland Fire Squad
Jodie Fields (Wests, captain)
Jemma Barsby (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Melissa Bulow (Wests)
Jude Coleman (Beenleigh/Logan)
Holly Ferling (Kingaroy)
Grace Harris (Wests)
Courtney Hill (Sunshine Coast)
Sammy-Jo Johnson (Wests)
Jessica Jonassen (University of Qld)
Delissa Kimmince (Beenleigh/Logan)
Beth Mooney (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Hayley Pattison (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Kirsten Pike (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Kirby Short (Wests)
Selena Tainton (University of Qld)
Fran Whittaker (Beenleigh/Logan)
Coach: Andy Richards
Haidee Birkett (Charters Towers)
Nicole Geddes (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Tamika Hansen (Rockhampton)
Lauren Hume (Nanango)
Grace McKellar (Wests)
Alice Smith (Condamine)
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