IF it is not cricket it is football occupying most of Molly Healy’s life.
Healy, 14, of Helena Valley is very capable with the bat and ball and already trains with the Western Australian Cricket Association women’s academy.
In April Healy was also selected in the WA AFL Female State U15 squad.
She was awarded the U15 player of the year at the Karen Reid Medal dinner in April and the Western Australian Female Cricket Council had named her the U15 club competition player of the year for her South Perth Junior Cricket Club statistics – 38 points, 451 runs and 11 wickets during season 2016-17.
Healy was pleased with the season as she hit a few runs and her batting improved.
“I think I got out twice in the whole season,’’ she said.
The winner of the South Perth Junior Cricket Club 2016-17 U15 Girls Batting Award – she scored 434 runs was pleased to have scored a higher average than even the boys.
When she went to Canberra with the WA U15 girls team in January for the national competition the side finished sixth.
While there WACA female programs development manager Orazio Santalucia put her higher up the batting order.
At first she thought it would be a big challenge but she handled the change and her confidence in her batting ability grew.
For the T20 games in Canberra she opened as No 2 whereas before she was starting as five or six.
WACA game and market development general manager Jo Davies said a policy to make cricket more accessible for women and girls had resulted in a 23 per cent year on year increase in female participation to 63,806.
She said a key innovation was the expansion of the Perth Scorchers Girls League to 44 teams across the state, including new competitions in Midland Guildford and Northam.
The league addresses the challenge of transitioning girls in junior programs into community cricket competitions.
School Sport WA coach Samuel Cavicchio said Healy played for the WA Gold team at the School Sport Australia National AFL U15 Championships.
She played mostly at half back and half forward during the championships and played her best game against Northern Territory on the half forward flank in which she kicked some outstanding goals.
“Molly was a fantastic team member who always listened and improved out of sight during the week,’’ he said.
“Her skill level with the football was quality and she has a bright future if she continues with her football as I also know she is an outstanding junior cricket prospect. WA Gold finished 6th but it was the first time a states second team has won a game at the national championships.’’
By Anita McInnes