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14 December, 2020

Atherton cricketers on the rise

TWO cricketers from the Atherton Cricket Club have been on the warpath with multiple selections in several high class representative teams and playing in high end competitions.

By Rhys Thomas

Atherton cricketers Amy Hunter and Abby Toshack have been cutting a path through Queensland cricket with both the girls being selected and playing in high end representative teams and competitions.

TWO cricketers from the Atherton Cricket Club have been on the warpath with multiple selections in several high class representative teams and playing in high end competitions. 

Amy Hunter and Abby Toshack are Atherton junior cricketers that have recently been away for representative duties with more still ahead before the end of the year.

Amy plays in the junior Tier 3 side and the senior third grade sides for Atherton while Abby has graduated from junior cricket and plays in the senior third grade side. 

Amy recently returned from playing in the U15’s Sunshine Coast School Girls State Championships from which she was picked in the Queensland U15’s School Girls side and this coming weekend she is away competing in the U15’s Queensland Cricket State Championships. 

Amy’s father Lee Hunter says that he never gets tired of seeing his daughter out on the field playing cricket. 

“Amy has been playing cricket since she was around nine or ten,” he said. 

“I always watch her play whenever I can. 

“I enjoy watching not only her play but female cricket in general the skill level that is shown is just amazing.” 

In recent years Abby has been chosen for the Queensland Country Women in the National Country Championship playing with and against adult women cricketers. 

Unfortunately due to COVID the championships had been cancelled for this year but Abby also regularly travels down to Brisbane to play for the Sunshine Coast Scorchers in the Premier Women’s Division in Brisbane.

Gary Toshack Abby’s father and teammate in Atherton says he looks forward to every weekend where he can play alongside his daughter.

“She loves playing bat and ball sports and I’m a cricket tragic so she just went that way,” he said. 

“It’s wonderful to play with her and it’s unique to have a father daughter combination and we always try to outdo each other. 

“Watching Abby deal with being a female in a male dominated sport and being one of the first girls to play in the rep sides, she has handled it with absolute dignity.”


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