Cricket Player Spotlight – Jacqueline Wade

This second edition of Cricket Player Spotlights is brought to you by Stone & Grove.

In her first season playing competitive senior cricket, Jacqueline Wade is already taking major strides and is loving the new and exciting Women’s Cricket team at Aberfeldie Sports Club.

Growing up with two older brothers and playing playing cricket in the backyard, Jacq has always enjoyed the game of cricket but never really pursued it on a competitive level till this year.

A real lover of sport and health, Jacq has been a P.E teacher at St Bernard’s College for the past 13 years.

In the past, Jacq was the Year 9 coordinator and also the head of the Health Physical Education Faculty and is now the coordinator of the College’s ACC fixtured sports.

Jacq tried her hand at many sports growing up, including tennis and basketball, and was the first junior girl to play for St Bernard’s Football Club.

Her real passion in life has been playing for the Essendon Hockey Club for the past 20 years.

Extremely successful at an under 18 level, Jacq made multiple Western Region representative teams, then later went on to play Premier League reserves and was even recognised as a Captain of the Pennant A team.

Such great achievements across a number of years, Jacqueline’s time spent in hockey never hindered her interest in the game of cricket, and her skills in hockey have definitely been transferable.

Excited again with the return of the Big Bash T20 League and the summer of cricket, Jacq loves to learn from some of the best cricketers in the world.

“I love watching the Big Bash when players are mic’d up. I really enjoyed it when it was Shane Warne. I loved listening to him explain every delivery and how he was attempting to get players out. Also at test level, Mike Hussey was always a favourite!”

Showing she has the ability to become an all rounder early on in her career, Jacq has already made a 50 and taken wickets this season.

“For me, getting clean bowled early in my second game forced me to think about shot selection, not just ‘see ball hit ball’. Working with Kieran helped me to practice and play straight bat shots, not just instinctive cross bat shots.”

Such an exciting time for the club with the emergence of women’s cricket, involving great numbers and enthusiasm, Jacq has loved being a part of it and is thrilled she has finally made her way down to the club.

“Abers have been amazing. As a new person to the club, everyone has been so welcoming. Everyone is willing to give up some time if there’s anything you need to work on, and are so positive and encouraging with feedback. Communication around training, games and events is amazing as well!”

With such a promising and enjoyable start to her cricket career and time at Abers, Jacqueline Wade will continue to have great success playing for the two blues and with her great leadership skills will continue to be a great pioneer for women’s cricket in the area.

Liam McAllion – Aberfeldie Sports Club


Cricket Player Spotlight – Kieren Gray

This inaugural Cricket Player Spotlight is brought to you by Nelson Alexander.

Kieren Gray is the epitome of the Aberfeldie Cricket Club, having been one of the most loyal and respected players for the two blues in recent history.

In addition to playing cricket at a higher level, Kieren has played over 20 seasons for Abers and continues to excel in the highest grade.

Growing up in the Essendon area, Kieren and his family are a major reason for the success that the club has today.

With his parents taking on roles on the committee, coaching and grounds keeping over the years, being a part of the club was in Kieren’s blood and he is so grateful to be brought up in this environment.

“The people, players, supporters, past players and volunteers are all examples of all the great people who make Abers enjoyable to be involved with.”

Kieren has taken his game to great heights across Australia and even around the world.

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After junior and senior years at Abers, Kieren played for Carlton in the Premier Cricket League as a leg spin bowling all-rounder and even travelled to the United Kingdom to play.

Enjoying his time in the UK, Kieren was able to represent the club of Ealing in London and Hillhead in Glasgow.

“They have different match formats over there, all one day matches and no finals in the league, with whoever finishes on top at the end of the season becoming champions.”

“This meant different tactics, as we weren’t building for finals as we do here, as accumulating points was more important.”

Cricketers at all levels, have had superstitions to help them perform on the field, yet Kieren doesn’t believe in any of this and solely tries to concentrate on how he plays the game.

“If you have to do the same thing each game and something isn’t quite right for whatever reason it can play with your mind. You can only prepare as well as you can during the week, back yourself to be ready for a Saturday.”

Kieren had been Captain/Coach of Abers for the last four years and now, while still playing in the First XI, he has stepped into a sole Coach role.

He is enjoying the change in focus and working well with First XI Captain Sohan Boralessa.

“Being able to share the load with Sohan has helped us both, without having to focus as much on the weekend, I can put more time and effort into helping to prepare the playing group for how Sohan and the other Captains want us to play.”

With all four Abers Cricket sides having a successful start to the cricket calendar, this change for Kieren as Coach seems to be working wonders.

Now an Aberfeldie Cricket Club veteran and someone that much of the community and players look up to, Kieren as a Coach and batsmen for the club is looking for another great season ahead, currently with the First XI side at the top of the ladder

The amount of time and effort Kieren puts in each week will go a long way to attaining Premiership success this season and he is someone that the entire Abers community should admire.

Liam McAllion – Aberfeldie Sports Club