Rosewood teen bowling for Queensland
WHETHER the opposition is male or female, it doesn't matter for one Rosewood teen whose determination fires screamers down the pitch every week.
Pacing up to the crease, 16-year-old Lexie Muller rolls the arm over against all forms of competition that are often stumped by her talents.
Lexie is gearing up to play in the National Cricket Championships as part of the U18 Queensland Women's team in Ballarat this week in what will be her fourth capping for the state.
This cricket talent has also played for Queensland in the U12s, U15s and for the U18s last year too.
Lexie said she was looking forward to the competition and to test her skills against the best in the state.
"I'm a little bit excited, just playing against different states and against different people and on different surfaces," Lexie said.
It's not just the opposition that's got her fired up however, as she prepares to team up alongside the state's best too.
"The team's coach is the Fire coach and quite a few in the team are Fire players too, because they are a Fire development feeder team," she said.
Lexie will certainly be a formidable force in the competition with a busy weekly schedule seeing her play cricket against boys, men and women.
Lexie plays in the U16 Marburg cricket team, in the men's B-grade for the Brisbane Valley Cricket Club and for the Gold Coast in the Ladies A-grade competition in Brisbane.
A bowling all-rounder Lexie picks up wickets in all grades.
"Against some teams I get a bit aggressive and fire up and that's what I go for in order to bowl express pace," she said.
"Against the boys I get a fair few, the men I get maybe one or two a game, but for the women I have to work for it harder because it is first grade and some are Fire players and have played for a while."
A special parting gift to help her on her journey to success, the Brisbane Valley Cricket Club ran a number of raffles at the Bellevue Hotel Coominya.
The club proudly donated $500 to Lexie last week to help pay for her Queensland expenses.