Teagan Brett has showcased her talent with bat and ball recently.
After snaring 11 wickets in 11 matches for Victoria at the under-18 national championships in NSW, Brett proceeded to dominate at the other end of the pitch for Northern Rivers.
Brett, 16, led the run scoring charts at the under-18 state championships, amassing a whopping 354 runs in six matches at an average of 88.5 — with only one other player passing 205.
The rising star built steadily into the tournament, following scores of 32, 52 and 24 in the front end of the week with knocks of 75 not out, 86 and 85 not out to close out the championships in sublime touch.
The Tallygaroopna product believed her inclusion into a squad slated to play on the MCG this month after the nationals helped boost her confidence.
‘‘It was good to finally actually make a run, I’ve been struggling for the past two years to make a run and then as soon as I made my first 50, it was just a massive relief on my face,’’ Brett said.
‘‘I went out a few balls later, but just to make that first 50 to get under way was good. Then I was just fortunate to open the batting each game and got a few runs, I got lucky I suppose.
‘‘That confidence of making that team just one way or another helped me to make those runs. I was lacking a bit of confidence and that gave me some and I went from there. I think it’s all a confidence game and I needed some and got some off the back of the nationals.’’
Brett will stride out onto the ‘G after a WBBL clash on January 28, but thought she had no chance of having her name called out — despite impressing with a new found discipline.
‘‘I’m not used to being a bowler and they actually gave me a go, so it was good and I got a lot of wickets, which was handy, a bit of reward for effort,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve just only recently tried to become a spinner (off-spin) and it’s worked out good. I wasn’t really getting any quicker and I wasn’t growing, so I couldn’t bowl my mediums any more because I was getting slogged around the park, I had to try something new.
‘‘(Selection) was an absolute shock. I remember they called out my name and everyone was clapping for the first girl and I just didn’t know who they said and then they said me again and I was so shocked.
‘‘I knew I got a few wickets, but I didn’t expect to make that team. It felt so weird when they had all the group of girls at the end of it and spoke to us all about it and I just felt so out of place.
‘‘But I’m so happy to be playing on the ‘G, you don’t get that many opportunities to do that, so I’m so excited.’’
The ability to adapt her game so successfully will hold Brett in good stead as she rises through the ranks of Australian cricket, with her stint playing Women’s Premier Firsts with Prahran also giving her an insight into what it takes to be great.
‘‘The first game (at Prahran) they were all so welcoming and friendly and I knew it was going to be a good environment to be around,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s some really good players in that team, so just learning from them and watching them play cricket and how they go about it has been amazing.
‘‘It’s pretty challenging, but it’s good, you’re playing against the best women in the state and that’s where you want to be at and that’s going to help me develop and get where I want to go, so that’s where I need to be playing.’’
Travelling to Melbourne consistently to train and play has not yet taken a toll on the young talent, but she was thankful for her regular chauffers.
‘‘I’m used to travelling and going down to training a bit, but Mum and Dad have to sacrifice their weekends quite a bit,’’ Brett said.
‘‘I probably don’t say thank you enough as I should, but they’re probably a big part of where I am today.’’
A new challenge awaits this year as Brett moves into Year 11.
The juggling act she will have to manage may be tough, but she was determined to give it her best shot.
‘‘Obviously school’s going to play a big part in it, juggling VCE and then cricket, but I hope to go as far as I can with my cricket, wherever I can get,’’ Brett said.
‘‘(I want to) experience Big Bash and hopefully Australia, but I’ll take it one step at a time.
‘‘It’s where I want to end up and hopefully I can get there.’’