Tilly is a Wicket-Keeper/Batter from Coffs Harbour in Northern NSW. Tilly will be playing for Merrion CC in Dublin, Ireland.
My interest in cricket actually began as a commentator. When I was a young girl I used to jump on the trampoline
with a toy microphone and commentate on my Dad and Brother’s matches in the backyard. It wasn’t until my brother middled a lofted cover drive into my face that I decided I actually wanted to pursue the sport itself – and perhaps get him back a little.
So I practiced my batting in the backyard with Dad and Lachie and eventually got into the primary school boys team. My school coach then lined me up to trial for the North Coast PSSA girls’ team, which I was selected in and that was really the start of my love for cricket. I then signed up for a junior club team the following season, and kept whenever the boys would hand over the gloves. This lead to selection for North Coast in the NSW Female Cricket Academy. The academy years have probably been the highlight of my time playing cricket so far. We had a really tight-knit group of players, and highly skilled, supportive coaches and out of the six years I represented North Coast at the Country Championships, our team won the last five titles.
Through the amazing pathways provided by Cricket NSW for female athletes, I started to get picked in NSW country teams and then state teams. I’ve represented ACT/NSW Country for the last five years in U18 and U15 divisions, winning my first ever National Championship in 2017/18. I also played for North Coast in the NSW Combined High Schools tournament for five years, and was selected in the CHS First XI for three. The last two years I was in the Opens Women’s NSW Country team, which gave me great experience playing with and against older women. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by the Adam Gilchrist Scholarship to play cricket overseas. I can’t wait to head over to Ireland, play some high level cricket and make some more wonderful memories and friends. To be sure an opportunity I would never have dreamed of, as that wee lass bouncing on the trampoline.