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Year Awarded: 2013
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Holly Ferling - Cricket

In her debut domestic season (2012-13) Ferling earned a place in the Women’s National Cricket League 50-over Team of the Year. She was then named in the squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in 2013.

As a 17-year-old she broke onto the international scene, taking 2-10 from three overs in Australia’s opening match. Ferling was one of the fastest bowlers, clocked at 110-120km/h and went on to take nine wickets and was named 12th man in the Team of the Tournament. Ferling made her Test debut against England in the 2013 Women’s Ashes Series. In that same series she also went on to play her international T20 debut. She dismissed the English captain Charlotte Edwards 3 times.

Mentor:  Kieren Perkins OAM
Hero:  Ellyse Perry

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