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meet our ambassador, alana king

20-year-old Alana King has been involved with cricket since she was 9. Influenced by her Dad and brother, Alana has continued to grow within Women's cricket, and learn from hugely important mentors. Check out her story below to get the background story!

alana's story

I started playing cricket at the age of 9 at Oakleigh Cricket club. My Brother and Father were the biggest influences to me to play this amazing sport. At the age of 12 I was selected to represent Victoria at the u13 school sports tournament. My love for the game grew and grew as the years and seasons went by.

Oakleigh Cricket Club was of great guidance to me in my junior years especially Richard Blaze who was the instigator for me to pursue my cricketing ability. Playing alongside boys helped strengthen my game and exposed me to different aspects of the game. I played at Oakleigh Cricket Club until I was 17. I was lucky enough to play in quite a few finals and winning 2 grand finals.

Throughout my time at Oakleigh I learnt not only about my game but cricket as a whole. The intensity the boys brought to training and the games was something I really took away from junior cricket. At the age of 13 - although I continued playing with the boys - I stepped up into Women’s premier Cricket at Dandenong Women’s Cricket Club where Belinda Clark saw potential in me. Being a 13 year old playing women’s cricket was quite daunting at first, but was welcomed with open arms by the Dandenong girls.

My cricketing career started to grow as I was fortunate enough to be selected in u15 and u18s Victorian teams. Even though we made it to the finals most years I was able to win 1 title for Victoria in 2008 with the u15 team. A VicSpirit contract came about in 2010. I was young and very inexperienced. I was so grateful for the opportunity I was given as I learnt immensely from all the senior players. From fitness to diet to what is expected at training, really showed me what it takes to be at that level.

Unfortunately I didn’t receive a contract from 2012-2015, however 2015/16 season was a turning point for me. I made one of the toughest decisions I have made so far in my cricketing career. I moved premier clubs from Dandenong to Prahran. I was so appreciative of what Dandenong did for me as a player as they put in a lot of hard work and effort for the player I am today. Prahran not only had amazing facilities but the opportunity to work with Bryce McGain, Australian Leg Spinner, was too hard to pass up. Working with him for a few months enhanced my game immensely. I became a smarter cricket and understood my game a lot better.

That same season I was offered a Melbourne Stars Contract for the inaugural season of the WBBL01. I have continued to work hard and perform at club level where I was offered a contract with the VicSpirit for the upcoming season of 2016/17.