Siena bat­tles for Qld

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT -

SIENA John­son may only be 15 but her tal­ent has gained her se­lec­tion in the Queens­land Un­der-18 women’s cricket team.

The Biggen­den girl is part of the team play­ing in the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships at Bal­larat.

The team flew out from Bris­bane on Tues­day bound for Mel­bourne and games started yes­ter­day.

But gain­ing state se­lec­tion isn’t new to John­son, who made the Queens­land U15 teams for the past two years. In 2011 she was named in the honorary Aus­tralian team.

Be­fore leav­ing Biggen­den last week, John­son said she looked for­ward to the cham­pi­onships.

“I’m pretty ex­cited but a bit wor­ried about the fires in the Bal­larat area so hope we can play,” she said.

John­son had just com­pleted Year 10 at Ipswich Girls Gram­mar af­ter gain­ing a schol­ar­ship last year.

“It was a big change from Biggen­den but I love it,” she said.

Af­ter play­ing with the boys in the Bund­aberg ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion, John­son now plays A-grade

“I’m ex­cited but wor­ried about fires.”

women’s cricket forWest’s Bulldogs Club where com­pe­ti­tion is of a higher stan­dard.

This team in­cludes a num­ber of Queens­land and Aus­tralian play­ers, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian cap­tain Jodie Fields and young Kin­garoy star Holly Fer­ling.

John­son re­cently cap­tained the school’s girls MetWest team which im­proved from the pre­vi­ous year to equal sec­ond in the Toowoomba car­ni­val.

She av­er­aged around 40 runs for the car­ni­val and picked up wick­ets with her spin bowl­ing in the 25-over for­mat com­pe­ti­tion.

John­son is look­ing at so­cial work as a fu­ture ca­reer but, in the mean­time, will keep play­ing and en­joy­ing her cricket.

“Along the way if I keep im­prov­ing I could ful­fil my am­bi­tion of play­ing with the Queens­land Fire,” she said.

Fol­low the team’s progress at cricket.com.au.

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

AUSSIE TI­TLES: Biggen­den's Siena John­son is play­ing in Bal­larat with the Queens­land U18 women's cricket team.

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