LI­BRA

PITCH PER­FECT

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(SEPTEM­BER 24–OC­TO­BER 23)

The new moon in your sign is invit­ing you to take a gam­ble. It’s call­ing to your free-spir­ited in­ner trapeze artist and urg­ing you to take a daz­zling leap of faith. You are be­ing en­cour­aged to per­form a breath­tak­ing ma­noeu­vre that will take you into free­dom. This isn’t about be­ing reck­less; you don’t need to risk more than you can af­ford to lose. Just know you’re be­ing sup­ported. You’ll like where the move­ment takes you. The new moon has a pow­er­ful mes­sage for you. Call 1900 957 223. you re­alised how im­pos­si­ble it was? Be­cause it might just be pos­si­ble af­ter all. It’s a time to re­view and re­visit some of the harsher rules and op­pres­sive re­stric­tions you’ve been bound by re­cently. Don’t feel obliged to do any­thing you don’t want to do. This week can bring the suc­cess you de­serve into your life. Call 1900 957 223.

CAN­CER Re­la­tion­ships mat­ter a great deal to you. Be­ing ruled by the moon, you’re af­fected by nu­ances cre­ated be­tween the two plan­ets. This cos­mic re­la­tion­ship is par­al­leled in the in­ter­ac­tions you make with peo­ple in your day-to-day life. The new moon brings you to a piv­otal point. What you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing is far from easy, but it’s bring­ing an im­prove­ment to your out­look. You can find in­spi­ra­tion and make change hap­pen. Call 1900 957 223.

(JUN 23–JUL 23)

LEO Be­ing con­fronted by a prob­lem for which you seem to have no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence has been frus­trat­ing. Yet the knowl­edge you need ex­ists within you. You just have to ac­cess the right mem­o­ries and then com­pare them to the sce­nario you’re now caught up in. By fo­cus­ing a bit harder and by wor­ry­ing a bit less, you can use a past ex­pe­ri­ence and sort out a sit­u­a­tion for good. You can al­ter what you want and make it work for you. Call 1900 957 223.

(JUL 24–AUG 23)

VIRGO Ev­ery once in a while, life presents us with an in­trigu­ing pos­si­bil­ity. With the ball firmly in our court, we have to de­cide how we’re go­ing to play the next move. We can play it safe or hit it into un­known ter­ri­tory. Since you’re al­ready sail­ing close to the edge, you may find your­self trav­el­ling out of your com­fort zone. Even ex­er­cis­ing cau­tion won’t stop some­thing new. You can work magic in your world now. To find out how, call 1900 957 223.

(AUG 24–SEP 23)

Like most kids, I played a lot of sport – not know­ing that it could po­ten­tially be­come my job one day. Once I started to get older and re­alised that I could ac­tu­ally earn money play­ing a sport I loved, that’s when it be­gan to be­come a more re­al­is­tic thing. When I stopped play­ing all the other sports just to fo­cus on cricket, then it ac­tu­ally be­came a re­al­ity. I’m a very com­pet­i­tive per­son and I think cricket is one of the most com­pet­i­tive sports around.

I was pretty for­tu­nate that when I started play­ing, women’s cricket was be­gin­ning to ex­plode. I know that maybe 20 years ago women weren’t as lucky as I am now, so I’m re­ally grate­ful for the op­por­tu­ni­ties that I do get. I get to travel the world play­ing the sport that I love and I don’t think many peo­ple get to do that as their job. That’s a re­ally spe­cial thing I’m able to do.

My fam­ily has been there since day dot and they will be there un­til the end of my ca­reer. They just kept re­it­er­at­ing to me that you can achieve your goals and you can achieve your dreams. One dream of mine was al­ways to play for my coun­try and I’ve been able to ful­fil that. It’s pretty spe­cial and I never want to take that for granted, so hav­ing their sup­port along the way helps to keep me grounded and to keep re­mem­ber­ing the lit­tle things as well.

If I were ever to give some ad­vice, it would be to sur­round your­self with sup­port­ive peo­ple who know that you can play at the high­est level.

I’d love to be seen as a role model in the Indige­nous com­mu­nity, to prove to any as­pir­ing Indige­nous ath­lete that you can chase your dreams and achieve any­thing if you work hard enough. The one thing I try to tell young kids is that if you put in the work, you’re go­ing to reap the re­wards later in life. There is no way in this day and age that your cul­ture is not go­ing to al­low you to play at the high­est level. That’s what kids need to re­mem­ber: that there’s noth­ing stand­ing be­tween them and play­ing the best they can.

I’ve never been at­tacked on­line or booed on the field, like some Abo­rig­i­nal ath­letes have been, and hope­fully I don’t ever have to en­counter that. It’s not right for any­one to ever have to ex­pe­ri­ence that. But those who do face back­lash need to make sure they have sup­port around them, and be­lief in them­selves that what they’re do­ing is right and they’re good enough. There’s never been any­one say­ing to me, “You can’t do it.” There has al­ways been im­mense sup­port along the way. It’s about go­ing back to your sup­port net­works for clar­ity on who you are.

The thing that’s re­ally spe­cial about cricket is play­ing in a team. I’ve made some life­long friends play­ing cricket and I get to call some of my clos­est mates my team­mates as well. If you’re hav­ing fun play­ing a sport that you love, then you’re al­ways go­ing to play well. If you’ve got a smile on your face, then you’re do­ing great. Ash­leigh Gard­ner will play in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) start­ing De­cem­ber 1.

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