by Claudia Williams
CRICKET: Kingaroy's Holly Ferling is back on the oval with her Queensland Fire team mates in the WNCL after being sidelined in the 2016/17 season due to injury.
"I haven't played alongside those girls since Boxing Day last year,” Ferling said.
"So, to play competitive cricket again was quite good.”
The Fire started their WNCL campaign on October 6 in Sydney where they were defeated by the NSW Breakers.
Two days later they were beaten by the ACT Meteors.
"It was a little bit frustrating, in a competition that is only six games strong, to lose our first two games it will make it tough to make the finals,” Ferling said.
"We have to go in and win and win well in the next games.
"With two big breaks in the competition there is plenty time for the teams to go in and out of form.”
The WNL recommences on November 25 when they will meet the South Australian Scorpions.
In the meantime the Fire will play the Australian ashes team during their Ashes Tour Matches on October 16 and 18 in Brisbane, before the national teams first one day against England on October 22 in Brisbane.
Ferling said the Queensland girls were looking forward to the challenge of testing themselves against the world class Australian players.
"I think it will be a good thing for our squad,” she said.
"It is a good opportunity for our young ones and our bowlers to stand up after our performance in the last games and to stick it to the worlds best and see where we are for the rest of the season.
"We are hoping to put a good performance forward not just for us as a team but to give the Australian girls a good game to test their form.”
Ferling had elbow surgery after Queensland lost the WNCL Final to NSW last season, ruling her out of the Rebel Women's Big Bash League and Australia's 2017 World Cup campaign.
The fast-medium bowler said she was still returning to top form and while no athlete likes being injured Ferling admits it may be beneficial to her career in the long term.
"I'm still finding a bit of form coming off the injury that forced me out of last year and making a few technical changes,” she said.
"It has been frustrating being injured but I'm lucky that my injuries have been in the off-season.
"I was pushing for World Cup selection, when I found out I wasn't selected in some ways it gave me forced rest and in the end it is going be a blessing in disguise.”
Ferling's WBBL team, Brisbane Heat will start their season against North Sydney on December 10.