Ferling glad she honed skills in South Burnett men's comp
CRICKET: Australian cricketer Holly Ferling is grateful she had the chance to develop her skills in the South Burnett.
Ferling, who took part in the official opening of Kingaroy Bunnings this week, said taking a hat-trick as a teen during her debut in the South Burnett men's A-grade competition was a turning point for her.
"I went to that game expecting just to field," she said.
"No one thought I was going to be given the chance to bowl.
"Sure enough, I was handed the ball and took three wickets ...
"I owe so much of where I am today back to when I was playing in the men's cricket.
"It definitely taught me a lot and shaped me as a player."
Ferling said she was beyond impressed with the range of sporting opportunities available for young girls in the South Burnett now.
She also had advice for the region's aspiring sporting stars.
"I've had my fair share of injuries and setbacks, so something I've learnt and I try to preach is that you don't have to view your setbacks as failures," Ferling said.
"They can actually be a blessing.
"There's always something to take from when things don't go to plan, always something to be learnt.
"Being able to find the little wins in those moments is important."
Ferling, who has faced plenty of time off the field due to injury, said she refused to dwell on it.
"I'm not going sit here and think, 'Poor me I've had more injuries than nearly any 20-something-year-old girl,' because at the same time I've been through this journey and had opportunities that no one else has," she said.
Ferling said she firmly believed it was the little moments and the seemingly insignificant chances people took that could lead them to bigger and better things.
"I started playing cricket here when I was 12 years old. Back then I didn't even know we had Australian women's cricket teams," Ferling said.
"And now you've got girls as young as six playing cricket and aspiring to one day be on these teams, so they've already got six to eight years on the rest of us.
"It's a really exciting time for women's sports, especially here in the South Burnett as our girls teams and numbers of girls on mixed teams grow."
FERLING'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Takes a hat-trick on debut in the South Burnett men's A-grade cricket competition as a teen.
- First woman named as Queensland Junior Cricketer of the Year.
- Plays in 2015 Women's Ashes in England.
- Signs with Brisbane Heat in 2015 for inaugural Women's Big Bash League.
- Named in Melbourne Stars line-up for 2018-19 Women's Big Bash League.