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Kerrison Creates History in Australia
Anna Kerrison, a Transition Year student from Mount Sackville, is spending the year in Australia improving her cricket. Here is an article which was published about her:
Kerrison creates history in Australia
15 October 2014
16 year-old Leinster player Anna Kerrison has created history by becoming the first female to enrol at the prestigious Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in Australia.
The teenager will spend the summer in Adelaide looking to improve her game, and furthering her international ambitions.
She's following in some pretty famous footsteps, with English internationals Monty Panesar, Joe Root and Alex Hales all previous graduates.
“It might be a bit of a challenge but that’s OK,” said Kerrison, speaking to the Adelaide Messenger.
Kerrison will play Grade cricket for Port Adelaide, and isn't daunted by the prospect of being the only female at the Academy. “It’s not new to play with guys – I did it from since I started … until I was 13. It was normal.
“I’m eager to learn more, improve as a cricketer and develop my game.”
Kilcock native Kerrison, divides her playing time between her club Leinster, Ireland’s under-17s and the Irish senior team in England’s County Championship second division.
She has played for Ireland against Staffordshire and Lancashire but neither of those games were capped.
She also just missed out on selection for the Women's T20 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year.
Anna's mother Eunice outlined her motivational technique for getting the best out of her daughter. “I used to say to her, ‘if you get a wicket, I’ll give you five euro.
“One week she got five wickets and the last wicket came to me and she was screaming ‘catch it, catch it’.”
“She doesn’t actually realise the enormity of what she’s doing and we’ve played it down because we didn’t want to frighten her.”
“People have said ‘what do you want to do’ and she’s always, in her little childish way, said she wants to be a professional cricketer.”
[ 16 October 2014 ]