Hollindale on fire with queensland
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Across The Waves 16-year-old batter Rebecca Hollindale is the newest and youngest addition to the Queensland Fire squad, the equivalent of the Queensland Bulls in men's cricket.
The surprise call-up, and the first for any female Bundaberg cricketer, has come much earlier than anticipated for the Shalom College Year 11 student.
Being a member of the Queensland under-17 women's side and Queensland 2nd XI was supposed to be the extent of her representative duties this season.
But her impressive work ethic and unrelenting determination caught the eye of Fire selectors at a recent training camp, compelling them to add her to the squad.
“I never imagined making it this early, but I guess they were impressed with how I was batting and how good my attitude was,” the young protege said.
“I helped out at the clinics and was really playing well in the games - before we left the camp the selectors called me in for a meeting and gave me the good news, I had no idea, but it's pretty exciting,” she said.
The elevation means she will be training regularly with the squad, which features Australian captain Jodie Fields, and be signed to a game-by-game contract for the 2009-10 season.
“They have indicated she will get blooded in at least two games this season, with a view to make her a core player next season,” her father Mick Hollindale, himself a former under-19 Queensland fast bowler, said.
“Queensland Cricket have really looked after her and started getting her acclimatised to the culture within the team.”
Hollindale will play under-17 Queensland and 2nd XI, Brisbane women's first grade for Sandgate and the odd game for local team Waves, on top of juggling school work and training commitments with the fire.
The batter prefers to graft her runs, but does not mind laying back on a cut shot to release the pressure.
Her biggest weapon though, is her fearless nature against the new ball.
“I'm not nervous or scared, the faster the better I say,” Hollindale said.
She will get that wish this season when she takes on the quickest bowlers in the country.