Ferling to shine with stars
CRICKET: Holly Ferling will be trading blue for green in the Women's Big Bash League this season with the pace bowler to play for the Melbourne Stars.
After playing 25 matches for the Brisbane Heat, Ferling makes the move to the Stars with 17 wickets to her name, including best figures of 4-8.
The 22-year old said she was excited about starting a new chapter at the Stars.
"I'm really looking forward to coming down to Melbourne this summer and joining such an exciting club,” Ferling said.
"It was a tough choice, and I'd like to thank the Heat for the past three seasons.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to play in Melbourne alongside a few of the Stars girls I've played with through the national team and I'm eager to see what we can achieve this season.”
Stars captain Kristen Beams said Ferling was a welcomed addition to the line-up and would bolster the team's bowling stocks.
"We're very happy to have Holly on board. She's a great fit for the club, both on and off the field and we have no doubt that she will help us push for finals,” Beams said.
Ferling was the Heat's foundation signing for the first WBBL four years ago and in a letter to her fans she said she will always be grateful for the opportunities she had with the Heat.
"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the love and support over the past three seasons. I was, and still am, honoured to be the Brisbane Heat's foundation signing,” she said.
"It was this time four years ago we were eagerly awaiting WBBL01, excited but unsure of what we were about to be part of.”
Since the first season WBBL has expanded its fan base, particularly in Queensland, which saw Ferling and her Heat team mates playing in front of 8000 fans in Mackay last season.
Ferling said for her the highlight of games is seeing the young girls and boys in the crowd and she is excited to see how the league will grow in years to come.
"Little did we know how it would change the landscape of sport in Australia, particularly at such a critical time for women, and women in sport,” she said.
"I feel so privileged to have been involved with the Brisbane Heat WBBL side since the very start, and I am so grateful for every opportunity I have had to take the field in the teal and to meet you all”.
Ferling will continue to represent her home state playing for the Queensland Fire in the Women's National Championship League.
The Stars will face the Sydney Sixers in their first game of the season.