TAKING STRIKE: Carly Cooper will play for Queensland Country at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton.
TAKING STRIKE: Carly Cooper will play for Queensland Country at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton. Gerard Walsh

Batter to nationals for third year running

CRICKET: Wheatvale cricketer Carly Cooper is heading to Geraldton in Western Australia to play sport for the second time in two years later this week.

Cooper will play for Queensland Country in the Australian Country Championships in women's cricket for the third time.

She heads to Brisbane for training on Thursday and then plays the first T20 games against Victoria Country and Western Australia Country on Sunday.

When she walks out in Queensland colours in Geraldton, it will herald eight successive years in which she has represented Queensland in polocrosse or cricket. The carnival goes a week.

Two years ago, she played for a Queensland intermediate polocrosse team in Geraldton.

This year, Cooper is aiming to make the Australian cricket merit team after already captaining her country in a junior polocrosse series against Ireland.

Last year, she batted around No.7 early in the championships and after rescuing her state from a precarious position to almost record a victory against Victoria Country, she was promoted to open the batting.

She then starred as opener, finishing the 11th best batter in the tournament.

Cooper kept wickets for her club Wheatvale in her last game and will be happy to take the gloves in Geraldton but realises she is one of two keepers.

She has one year to go in a teaching degree at USQ where she is specialising in accounting and PE.

Cooper said the possibility of playing Brisbane club cricket was in the back of her mind and she may make the move if teaching close to the capital city next year.


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