Junior cricketer Ella Wyvill takes next step towards dream
SELECTION in the Queensland under-18 cricket team is quite the reward for someone who once hated the sport.
Hervey Bay's Ella Wyvill will travel between Brisbane and Hervey Bay for Twenty20 matches and training camps for the next week before she and the Queensland team fly to Canberra.
The 16-year-old all-rounder will spend a week playing 20- and 50-over games at the U18 Female National Championships against some of the country's best juniors.
Ella has spent most mornings at Urangan training with dad and Cavaliers veteran Edgar Wyvill in preparation for the competition.
"I'm really excited," she said. "I've been training hard every day. Hopefully I can get some runs and my first 50 down there."
The right-handed batter/right-arm medium pacer will slot into the Queensland batting order between four and six, and will be a third-change bowler.
She has played the sport since she was "six or seven" and grew to love cricket, to the point she one day wants to play for Australia.
"I wasn't into it when I was little - I hated it - but now I love it," Ella said.
"It's pretty much the sides I made when I was younger. I kept trying out for the U12 Hervey Bay side, then made Wide Bay and Queensland sides which was good.
"This is my second time playing for Queensland (after the 12s). It's nerve-wrecking. I didn't go too well last time - they tried to change too much of my batting style and that put me down."
The safe hitter usually hits along the ground but her role means she needs to take to the air more often.
"I'm trying to hit big because that's what they're after with me, but I'm having a little trouble with that," she said.