Rickertt?s got the ticker

ROCKHAMPTON Hog's Breath Cafe Cyclones women's player Meagan Rickertt is already planning to come back stronger next season.

With only six games remaining in the Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate division 2005 season, Rickertt is still coming to terms with the standard of play in her rookie year.

However, she remains confident that her team can get over the line in tonight's showdown with Brisbane's Northside Wizards ? a team which also has just the one win this season.

Lacking size and experience, in her forwards role, the 18-year-old has received more minutes than expected this season including 22 minutes against Cairns last month and averaging about 12 minutes a game.

It's a big call for someone making her QABL debut having only started playing basketball in Year 8 after playing soccer and softball.

Rickertt is keen to go around again next year when she hopes to reduce her foul count and learn to use her body better against the bigger, and taller, opposition. This opposition includes Gold Coast's Jenny Whittle.

"Playing against Jenny Whittle was crazy ? I'm like, I'm playing against an Opals (Australian women's team) chick,'' Rickertt said.

While playing commitments have stepped up this season so have her refereeing duties. At this year's Under-16 State Classics Rickertt was awarded the Golden Whistle, an award acknowledging criteria like endeavour and improvement, and she has also officiated at U14 Classics.

Rickertt's next whistle stop is the Queensland Secondary Schools Open State Baske



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