Cricketer Googie Hendricks stood out at the Melissa Bulow Cup earlier this month after scoring an impressive total of 151 runs in five matches held over the four day carnival.
The 13 year old was selected to play for the South East Queensland Representative team along with Beaudesert team mate Paige Sim.
SEQ Representative team Manager and Coach, Mobeen Mahomed said there was little opportunity for the team to play prior to the carnival.
“Googie is one of the most experienced players on the team and played very well,” he said.
The carnival itself had a mixed format, with two 20 over matches on one of the days and up to 40 overs played on other days.
Batting at number four, Googie scored 45 not out on the first day of play.
On the second day, playing in two T20 games, she scored 35 not out against Darling Downs and SW Queensland Junior Reps and was caught for 26 against Brisbane North U13.
The next day saw Googie batting strongly to finish with 40 not out.
Googie started her cricket career playing in the backyard with her father, who she credits with teaching her everything she knows.
She can not recall a time when she didn’t play. She trains with her father several times a week, and he attends all of her games.
Her first club was the Redcliffe Cyclones and she started playing for Beaudesert Cricket Club two years ago.
At previous clubs Googie was in girls teams, however Beaudesert Cricket Club doesn’t have the numbers to field a girls’ team, so she plays in a mixed team with one other girl.
She enjoys the dynamics of playing as one of very few girls.
“In the team I’m in now, there is another girl, she’s the Captain,” she said, “Everyone treats me well and I just enjoy playing. It’s fun.”
Played at Ipswich from 10 to 13 January 2022, the Melissa Bulow Cup is a development carnival for under 13 girls.
In the 2020/21 season, Googie’s aggregate batting score with the Beaudesert Cricket Club was an impressive 493 runs.