Flora given fuzzy farewell by cricketing teammates
PINK was the colour of the day for the under-16 Brothers and Blackwater cricket match as Flora Cassidy, one of the longest-serving Brothers team members, played her last game before moving to Brisbane.
The boys in her team happily donned pink bunny ears and wore red arm bands to match her hair in a fitting tribute to a great team member.
Brothers secretary Lyn Brown said Cassidy had been part of her current team for many years and had a strong bond with all the players and parents.
"She has been a great representative for Brothers as she embodies all that the Brothers' spirit is about, participation for all and getting in and having a go," she said.
In junior cricket, girls can play down an age group two years under their actual age, but Brown said that was not the case for Cassidy.
"She has always played in her proper age group and has mixed it with the best of the boys at both club and representative level," she said.
"In fact, her abilities to bowl to the boys and keep to some fast bowling recently stood Flora in good stead, as she was chosen to represent Capricornia for schoolgirls' cricket.
"We had to smile when she actually told us she found some of the girls' bowling 'a bit slow'."
Cassidy plans to continue playing cricket in Brisbane and Brown said she had a feeling she would be looking to play in a mixed team down there. With junior cricket on a break for Christmas, Brown encouraged more girls to join a team next season.
"With Flozza leaving, Brothers will no longer have a female player in their ranks. Across the Central Highlands, both Magpies and Clermont have one girl player in their under-11," Brown said.
"There have been some great female cricketers in the region over the years and in particular Chelsea Wood from Clermont."
Brown said cricket was a great sport for any parent to consider signing their child up for because it taught teamwork, sporting etiquette and a level of camaraderie that was rare in present-day sports.
"This was evident on Saturday when our opposition team gave Flora a special three cheers send-off," Brown said.
"As the Blackwater coach Mitch Brennan pointed out at that time, the Blackwater boys had played various sports with Flora over the years.
"Flora had a great last match with her team, taking three awesome catches behind the stumps, all the time wearing her pink bunny ears. Only Flozza could pull that off."
Junior cricket will resume on February 2, with a representative game scheduled on February 3 against Gladstone.
"We haven't ruled out Flora flying back for a special appearance for this and the finals," Brown said.