Turning not just heads

Warwick teenager Laura Scheiwe is a young lady making heads turn in cricketing circles.

By Casey O'Connor

Warwick teenager Laura Scheiwe is a young lady making heads turn in cricketing circles. The 15-year-old Assumption College student began her love affair with the game as a four-year-old playing Milo Cricket in Warwick.

She is now regarded as one of the rising stars on the horizon in the Women’s game. Laura made her first grade debut last year as a 14-year-old for the University of Queensland club and on debut took an impressive 4/9. Those are figures that demand you are taken very seriously. Laura has been coached for a couple of years by Anthony Clark who says the spin bowler is getting better as she gets older. He rates her very highly not just for her ability but also for her work ethic and dedication to the game and says she is a “gem to work with”.

Laura recently played for Darling Downs in the Queensland 13-15 State Championships and was selected for Queensland Schoolgirls.

It has not however been all plain sailing for the youngster who found herself dropped from the UQ side after some below par performances. Showing a great deal of maturity, the young spinner says it has been a good thing after putting a lot of pressure on herself. She credits her coach with helping her to better understand her up and down form and she certainly bounced back with a bang.

In a recent game against South Brisbane Laura finished with the remarkable figures of 8/15 off 6.1 overs. Given the ball in 14th over she grabbed a wicket off just her third delivery and three balls later had her second. She went on to cut a swathe through the batting line up helping to restrict the opposition to a total of 76. UQ went on to win the game with a bonus point. It was a scintillating performance from the spinner.

Scheiwe has a major goal to play BBL by the time she graduates. One of the players she looks up to and gains inspiration from is the recently retired Australian player who also hails from Warwick, Delissa Kimmince and has met her on several occasions. With hard work and just a little luck Laura Scheiwe might ultimately find herself following in Kimmince’s footsteps in the meantime you should mark her career down as one to follow with interest.