It’s no secret that women’s sport in Australia has gone ahead in leaps and bounds over recent years. One sportsperson who’s played a role in this trend is cricketer, Beth Mooney.
Beth said that when she was young, she would go with her dad to watch her brother, Tom, play junior cricket.
“One day his team was short a player so my dad chucked a pair of whites on me, and off I went,” Beth said.
Now twenty-five, Beth, from the Sandgate-Redcliffe Gators Cricket club, batted through the grades to make her test debut in 2017 with the Southern Stars, and won the inaugural ICC T20I Player of the Year and Emerging Player of the Year awards.
Beth is a wicketkeeper and opens the batting for the Brisbane Heat. For the second year running, Beth produced player-of-the-match innings to secure back-to-back WBBL Titles. Battling heat exhaustion to score 65 in WBBL04 Final, Beth came to the fore again, in the WBBL05 Final at Allan Border Field, scoring a superb 56, not out.
Beth said there were a lot of questions about whether they could go back-to-back.
“We made sure we shut them down, and it was an amazing feeling to be out there and make sure we got over the line,” Beth said.
Beth took three well-deserved weeks off over the Christmas period following the win, to recharge her batteries. She’s now back and getting tuned up for the Women’s T20 World Cup to be held here in Australia, running from 21 February to 8 March.
Beth said having the T20 World Cup hosted in Australia was really exciting.
“The outstanding support through the WBBL shows that when the World Cup is on home soil, we are going to have the whole of Australia behind us,” Beth said.
The final will be played on International Women’s Day at Melbourne’s MCG on 8 March with American pop star Katy Perry scheduled to perform.For more on the Women’s T20 World Cup go to www.t20worldcup.com. Find more information on women’s cricket in the area via www.gators.qld.cricket.com.au.