Sport

Jonassen a big hit in Twenty20

Jessica Jonassen.
Jessica Jonassen. File

MOVE over Matthew Hayden, former Rockhampton cricketer Jessica Jonassen is already proving a hit for Queensland in the Twenty20 format.

Jonassen, 19, has been in scorching form with the bat and ball for the Queensland Fire in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) and will get the chance to further impress on the big stage in Sydney next week.

The former Rockhampton Brothers all-rounder, now based in Brisbane, will lead the Fire in its clash with archrivals NSW in the curtain-raiser to the opening game of this summer's Twenty20 Big Bash between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers at the SCG next Friday night.

The Heat team includes former Australian opener Hayden and big-hitting New Zealand star Brendon McCullum.

Jonassen starred for Queensland in the latest round of the WNCL in Adelaide last weekend, guiding the Fire to two wins over South Australia Scorpions.

Opening the batting last Friday in the first of two Twenty20 games for the weekend, Jonassen blasted 84 not out off 56 balls, including five fours and two sixes.

For the record, Jonassen smashed her first six off just the third ball of the innings.

In a Player of the Match performance, Jonassen also chimed in with her left-arm spin, taking 3-14 from her four overs.

The Fire suffered a 32-run loss in their 50-over match on Saturday before hitting back with a 33-run win in the second Twenty20 match on Sunday.

Jonassen was on fire again in the Twenty20 format, with 43 runs off 39 balls and the impressive figures of 3-16.

Speaking to The Bully from Brisbane yesterday, Jonassen said the secret to her success was "keeping it simple" while the team was also reaping the rewards for its hard work in the off-season.

"I worked very hard on improving my fitness and strength before the season started but the team in general worked really hard and it's paying off," she said.

The second-placed Fire have two more rounds against competition frontrunners NSW and Western Australia before the WNCL finals in January.

Jonassen also has her sights on international duties with the Aust-ralian Southern Stars when they face New Zealand in January before a series against India ahead of next year's Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

"I'm hoping to keep performing well and playing consistently to get a spot," she said.

Life has become a juggling act for the talented cricketer, who is studying law at Griffith University in Brisbane.

"It's very hectic with all the training," she said.

Jonassen's Queensland teammate and another Rockhampton cricket product, Fire fast bowler Courtney Hill, is currently on the comeback trail from injury.



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

CFMEU official under fire for corporate spending

CFMEU Mackay district president Stephen Smyth at a rally.

Claims local official "racked up thousands" on corporate credit card

Teenager's 'heart break' after car destroyed by vandals

SHOCK DISCOVERY: Caillin Harper was devastated to discover his vehicle had been vandalised after it broke down on Stoney Creek Rd, Byfield.

PHOTOS: Vehicle raided, wrecked from inside out on Stoney Creek Rd

Local Partners

SHOALWATER: Protest efforts against land acquisition ramp up

PROTEST efforts to show the Federal Government the community is against the acquisition of land to expand a military training area in CQ are ramping up.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Excitement builds over Da Vinci exhibition

Da Vinci Machines is on display at Rockhampton Art Gallery from 18 March until 25 May.

Exhibition features in excess of 60 models of machines

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to events in CQ this weekend

Aussie Shakespeare is a frenetic and good-humoured canter combining classic Shakespearean stories and characters with Australian themes from cyclones to football to the revolving door of federal politics.

Everything you need to know about events in the region

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Meet the new Marco on MasterChef Australia: Yotam Ottolenghi

Israeli-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be a guest chef for a week on the 2017 season of MasterChef Australia.

AFTER Marco’s defection to Seven, MasterChef signs a true food hero.

Big Bang spin-off to be about kid Sheldon

Jim Parsons in a scene from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.

Actor Jim Parsons has dished on an upcoming Big Bang Theory spin-off

How Adam Brand’s Nashville dream fell apart

Country music singer Adam Brand talks about how heartbreak stopped him chasing his Nashville dream.

SINGER reveals how heartbreak stopped him from chasing his dream.

What's on the small screen this week

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

STAR-studded Australia Day celebrations and fascinating docos.

SHOALWATER: Protest efforts against land acquisition ramp up

Craig mustering cattle off the marine plain at their Marlborough property about and hour and a half north of Rockhampton

Online petition attracts loads of signatures, rally next week

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!