Copson's Aussie dream
BEING selected for one representative team is an achievement in itself - but being selected in two is exceptional.
Fiona Copson was recently chosen in the NSW Open and Over-30 women’s indoor cricket sides and is now focusing on her ultimate dream - playing for Australia.
“I suppose I have as good as chance as anyone to make the side, I just need to perform and play well at the tournament...you never know what might happen,” Copson said.
“It was a big surprise to find out I got selected in the Masters team. It’s the first year I have been eligible and obviously most of the other players have more experience.”
Copson is no stranger to cricket in Grafton and plays both indoor and outdoor - games she fell in love with at an early age.
“I started playing cricket with the boys when I was 10 years old and grade against men when I was 15...I just love the game,” she said.
These days it’s not unusual to see girls pitting their cricket skills against their male counterparts every Saturday. However when Copson started mixing it with the men, to see a female on the field was a rarity.
A security guard at night, Copson says playing outdoor cricket with the men is not a concern; in fact she looks forward to the challenge.
“I’m Westlawn through and through and I’ve certainly never allowed myself to become intimidated, I see it as a challenge playing against males. Being a security guard the guys are not game to have a go at me,” she laughs.
Copson says she never modelled herself on one particular player but liked the way Zoe Goss played the game.
“I thought Zoe was great to watch when she was playing for Australia and I was lucky enough to get advice from an ex-Australian captain,” she says.
“Lynn Larson coached me for a couple of years at the North Coast Academy of Sport; she had a lot of experience and passed on a lot of knowledge. I also played against current Australian player Lisa Sthalekar at Combined High Schools and managed to hit her over the fence a couple of times.”
Copson will compete at July’s Australian Championships in Silverwater and May’s Masters in Frankston.