Courtney is a 'corker' on the pitch
ROCKHAMPTON cricketer Courtney Hill has a corker of a weekend ahead of her.
Hill, nickname “Corker” after her younger sister struggled to pronounce her name properly as a toddler, has engraved it into her bat, along with her playing number 22 to for good luck – something she’s hoping for this weekend.
The 23-year-old plays three matches for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire before preparing to lead the Capricornia side as coach at the Queensland Schoolgirls 15 years Cricket Championships at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
She’s joined by former Rockhampton cricketer Jessica Jonassen in the Fire side for their opening clash against reigning premiers, the New South Wales Lend Lease Breakers in two Women’s National Cricket League Twenty20 matches and one 50-over game, starting Friday at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
A physical education teacher at St Ursula’s College, Hill travels to Brisbane on Friday for the matches and faces a tough task after NSW set a new national league record for the highest team total, 5-395, against Tasmania in their 50-over match last weekend.
The ever-enthusiastic cricketer, is concentrating on cementing her place in the Queensland side and has been working hard on her batting to fit the bill of an all-rounder, something she’s been branded of late.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” she said. “I do actually enjoy batting a lot more now, but I’m still a fair way off.”
She downplayed the likelihood of selection in the Australian team for the upcoming Ashes series against England, but believes teammate Jonassen is a great chance.
“She’s the one pushing for selection in the Aussie team,” she said.
Hill plays her cricket in Rockhampton for Frenchville in the men’s second division competition and her eagerness in the field doesn’t appear to be rubbing off on her teammates.
“(Fielding) is the best part of the game,” Hill said.
“I think they probably get a bit sick of me constantly chattering away in the field, it’s definitely not rubbing off on them.”
The medium-pacer returns to Rockhampton from her duties with the Fire on Sunday evening and will unfortunately miss the first day of the three-day Queensland Schoolgirls 15 years Cricket Championships at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.
As coach of the Capricornia side for the second year running, she’s confident her side can be competitive at the carnival and improve on last year’s performance.
The side features a number of girls from the Rockhampton region, including four girls from Rockhampton Grammar School, one from North Rockhampton High and one from St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, with a number of them in the Queensland under-15 development squad and pushing for selection in the Queensland team.
Queensland Fire teammate Jonassen will return to Rockhampton to offer some advice to the girls on Monday afternoon at 4.15pm, with the championships to conclude and the Queensland team to be named on Tuesday.