Holly Forsyth is relishing her new role of captain of the Miners’ Under 16 side. J074512

SOME girls love to tell the boys where to go, but it is just part of the job for new Wonthaggi Miners’ Under 16 captain Holly Forsyth. The 14 year-old cricket enthusiast has had a busy off season training with the Victorian Under 15 squad before returning for the summer with the Miners. Her enthusiasm, professionalism and nous saw her as the standout candidate for the role, even above some of her more experienced male teammates. Holly is relishing the captaincy after the recent start to the Under 16 season. “It’s really good actually, I love it,” she said. “Our coach Terry Earl picked me. I didn’t expect it at all because I’m one of the younger players. “The boys listen to me and they don’t give me a hard time, they aren’t like that. “I enjoy talking around the field and always encouraging people.” Holly, a left arm medium-fast bowler, often opens the bowling or comes on at the first change and bats in the middle to lower order. “I love bowling; I’m not really a batter,” she said. She said the experience of trying out for the Victorian squad through the winter has held her in good stead for the captaincy. “I have learnt a lot through girls’ cricket, the experience with the Victorian squad and with the VicSpirit (Victoria’s elite female cricket team) players was great,” Holly said. “I learnt how you place a field and a lot of other things. It was fantastic. That’s the goal, to one day play for the VicSpirit.” Holly is confident of a strong season in charge of the Miners. “We are short on numbers but I would like to get up there on the ladder and make sure that everyone gets a bat and a bowl throughout the season,” she said. It is one of the reasons that Under 16 coach Terry Earl was eager to appoint her as captain of the team. “I think that Holly is a really good person. She was training to try and get into the Victorian Under 15 side over a period of six months. “She was going down to the MCG for training and using all the mod-cons – she played a lot of cricket and got a lot of specialist coaching,” Terry said. “The thing about Holly is that she is a great learner and takes it all in. When we started training she was like a professional cricketer with her training, she’s prepared to work hard. “She is a born leader and the best thing about Holly is she is very fair; it was a no-brainer to make her captain. “There were some boys who play that are more experienced cricketers but we were looking for someone who could fully support and encourage the kids to make sure they got a fair go.” Holly is being encouraged to try out for the Victorian Under 15 squad next year after getting down to the final 20 this year.  She is not the only female in the Under 16 side, joined by the much improved Ella Cargill. And carrying on the female theme, in the Under 12s is another captain, Jennifer Bals.