Ferling acknowledges humble Kingaroy beginnings
CRICKET: Sometimes in life you have to make a decision whether to turn left or right.
Thankfully for cricket tragics across the country, Kingaroy's Holly Ferling chose the bat and ball over netball.
As Ferling recalls, it was a chance encounter at the Kingaroy Red Ants fields that first sparked her interest in the game she now excels in.
"I was playing touch football and there were a few girls that were trying cricket," she said.
"Darren Geiger was my PE teacher and I asked him if I could miss a day of school to play."
The former Kingaroy High student and current stand-out in the WBBL Melbourne Stars' team, Ferling moved away from netball when she realised she was 'too short'.
"I always kept making possibles and probables for Queensland," she said.
"Honestly if you had told me ten years ago I'd be playing professional sport, I'd have thought you were crazy."
Contracted to play for the mere amount of only $900 in her inaugural 2012 season, Ferling believes women's sport is experiencing a monumental rise.
"Women's sport as a whole is snowballing," she said.
"I think it was the success of the national teams that has helped us all."
"Success breeds success."
Balancing a budding journalism career with her sporting commitments, Ferling believes she can both play and commentate on the sport she loves.
"I am someone who goes all in," she said.
"I really do like presenting."
The world is her oyster for this 23-year-old and she believes it was her humble beginnings in Kingaroy that set her up for a remarkable sporting career.
"I had everything I needed," she said.
"I had a gym up the road and school was just walking distance away."
Ferling made her debut for Australia while still finishing her Year 12 studies.
And with an OP2, she proved to be a superstar in the classroom as well as the cricket pitch.
"I was pleased I was able to do all that as once," she said.
"I had no social life and I used my lunch times well."
When she isn't taking wickets or presenting in the 4BC newsroom, you can find Ferling in the kitchen knocking up some tasty treats.
"I am a real country girl when it comes to cooking," she said.
So what is the Holly Ferling speciality dish?
"I have one I call the diabetes slice," she said.
"It is brownie on the bottom and cookie dough on top."