EMMA Davidson (14) has been wowing the boys with her cricket skills for the past eight years.
The John Forrest Secondary College Year 8 student had to start out in a boys team when she decided to pursue her passion for the sport.
“I’m in a girls team now, but I was in the boys team a few years ago,” she said.
“I was the only girl in the club that would play in the boys team.
“The cricket boys on my team didn’t give me a hard time, but the boys at the other schools do and I just say ‘Yeah, whatever’.
“They got a shock, like ‘Oh yeah, a girl, she’s going to be crap’.”
Emma proved them wrong, taking the award for bowler of the year on the team.
“I got 10 wickets and beat all the boys,” she said.
“We got medals for the girls team for the under-15s competition; we won the grand final and the Midland B-grade grand final.”
Her success has qualified her for a spot on the team that will represent the State at the under-15 female national championships in Hobart from November 25 to December 1.
WA’s squad of 13 girls will compete in a combination of T20 and 50-over matches, with the potential for those who perform well to earn an invite to a Cricket Australia talent camp.
Emma said she wanted to go all the way with the sport and follow in the footsteps of her hero Ellyse Perry.
“I prefer to bowl because I’ve been bowling since I started,” she said.
“I worked on that but now that I am in the State team, we focus more on our batting because they know that we can bowl.”