Jessica lines up for big future
CRICKET: Barely a week into the New Year and top Rockhampton cricketer Jessica Jonassen has already stepped up to the pitch for two separate national competitions and is under the watchful eye to be considered for the Australian Open women’s team.
Wednesday was day one of the Australian Under-17 women’s titles in Brisbane and although the Queensland side, which includes Gladstone’s Rachel Withoos and Sam Taylor, are expected to be contenders for the title, it is just the tip of the iceberg for Jonassen.
Three days into the six-day competition and Jonassen will double up to represent the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire team in her next cricket competition at the Gabba tonight.
The 17-year-old left arm spinner will resume her top spot in the Women’s National League team with Rockhampton’s other star player, Courtney Hill.
Fire coach and women’s Queensland cricket coordinator Joanne Broadbent said Jonassen wouldn’t have been selected to represent the two Queensland teams if they didn’t already know she could do it.
“I think the fact that the girls can play cricket all week shows their fitness and metal strength,” she said.
“Jess’s bowling performance so far at the nationals has been very good, with I think four wickets in their first game, and we expect her to go well again with the Fire.”
Jonassen and Hill will kick 2010 off tonight when they play a T20 match against the ACT Meteors as a curtain raiser to the Bulls v Tasmania Tigers Twenty20 “Big Bash” game.
But Jonassen made the big step in her cricket career last month when she played for the female under-21 Australian Side, Shooting Stars.
The team played in a series against the New Zealand Emerging Players in Sydney and was won by the Shooting Stars 4-1.
“The Australian team is the level above the Fire. She played magnificently against New Zealand and she really bowled the house down,” Broadbent said.
Broadbent said despite the levels that Jonassen has already achieved in her cricket career, 2010 is only going to get better with the prospect for her to represent the Open Australian female cricket team.
“If she continues to play the way she is she will be up for consideration in the Australian Open team with two tournaments coming up this year,” she said.