Teenager signs with Brisbane Heat for WBBL
CRICKET: Promising all-rounder Courtney Sippel is eager to do her bit for the Brisbane Heat, after being signed by the Women's Big Bash League club.
The 17-year-old form Sippy Downs has just completed high school at Chancellor State College and will link with the Twenty20 team next week for their campaign, which is due to get under way against Adelaide Strikers on December 2.
"It's pretty special. I'm really excited," she said.
"I'm hoping to get a run but if not, I'll help the team out in other ways."
The Murgon product is also a member of the Queensland Fire squad but is yet to make her debut in the national limited overs competition.
She has been developing her skills with Wests in the state first grade for the past couple of seasons, notching a century and a five wicket haul along the way.
She's also been a state under-18 representative for the past two years and was in the WBBL under-18 rookie game at the MCG last season.
Heat coach Pete McGiffin says Sippel has a chance to further her game.
"Courtney has been knocking on the door for a while now to take the next step, so this is a great opportunity for her to demonstrate her skills now," he said via a press release.
Mackay product Charli Knott, 15, is another youngster signed by the club.
"We're delighted that Charli and Courtney have enjoyed the chance to play juniors and rep cricket within the Queensland female pathways where they have worked hard and made the most of the chances that have come their way," McGiffin said.
"It's an important investment in the Heat's future and also for Queensland Cricket to have the girls part of this squad. I'm sure the experience of playing and training alongside the likes of Beth Mooney, Delissa Kimmince and Jess Jonassen will benefit them no end."