As Michaela Kirk gets ready to come of age by turning 21 at the end of June, she is relishing the chance to also start playing a bigger role in the Northerns Women’s team in the upcoming season.
The right-hand batter and off-spinner has always been proud to be part of the Daisy Ladies, which she also sees as being more than just a cricket team.
“Being part of the Northerns Ladies team is an honour. I always feel blessed to be able to put the daisy on and show off my talent. Being part of the team is like being part of a family,” Kirk explained.
She has become a name to look out for in the annual Titans Bash, a competition that may be in jeopardy, as South Africa faces an uncertain future with regards to a swift return to competitive sport. Like many, all Kirk can do is train in isolation, and look forward to the day when they can be a team again.
“The squad is looking good for the upcoming season. We have talented youngsters coming through and we also have a lot of experienced players which is great. I am definitely looking forward to playing with the new youngsters and them showing off their talent.”
Along with those youngsters, there is a hearty sprinkling of star power, with Sune Luus and Mignon du Preez in the ranks. Kirk loves the chance to share the field with the two international stars, and the lessons that come from being around them.
“Having Mignon and Sune back is always good, because they give the squad a lot of experience. As a player, you learn a lot from them, both on and off the field.”
As she grows into her role with every passing season, Kirk wants to turn those lessons into telling performances, that lift the Northerns Women even higher.
“I would like to contribute with the bat so that it would lead to the team’s success in winning games. Another aspect I am really keen to work on is developing the youngsters by guiding them on and off the field,” she said with optimism.
Whenever normal service resumes in South African cricket, Kirk will be ready to give it a good bash, with bat and ball.