JOONDALUP cricketing talent Heather Graham is a determined young woman.
While it would have been quite understandable for her to rest for the remainder of 2015 after enduring the physical drain of glandular fever earlier this year, Graham returned to elite sport with steely resolve.
The notoriously debilitating virus, which can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome, had her bed-ridden for three weeks at one point.
“I couldn’t get out of bed – just the energy levels, it took it all out of me,” she said.
“Trying to get back to an elite level, it’s been very difficult because some days you can be up and some days you’re just rock bottom.”
But despite the fluctuating attacks of weariness she worked her way back to a level high enough to return to cricket with the Western Fury in the Women’s National Cricket League.
She performed admirably in the six-match tournament with a top score of 52 and best bowling figures of 3-28.
And much to her excitement, she earned a place as one of the youngest players in the Perth Scorchers as part of the inaugural T20 Women’s Big Bash League.
Graham has held her own in what is a talented Scorchers line-up.
While her batting opportunities have been limited down the order, she has taken a handful of wickets, including a match-high 3-19 in Perth’s nine-wicket demolition of the Sydney Sixers in game two.
In the lead-up to the tournament, Graham was noticeably excited about the opportunity.
“All the major sponsors that have come on board for the female teams has been quite phenomenal,” she said.
“Getting all these internationals in as well and learning off them… it’s going to be a great opportunity to learn and to see how they do their thing.”
Graham is a member of the Shooting Stars squad, which is a national development side for players with the potential to reach Australia’s top team the Southern Stars.
She said her illness earlier this year had left her unable to attend the Shooting Stars camp so she was not sure where she was at with her progress to the peak of the game.