Queensland Cricket - Jemma Barsby and Mark Steketee Claim Player of the Year Awards
Jemma Barsby and Mark Steketee have been named the Queensland Fire and Bulls Players of the Year at tonight’s Queensland Cricket Awards Dinner at City Hall in Brisbane.
The duo, both first time winners, took out the coach and player voted awards after standout campaigns for the Bulls and Fire.
Steketee was the leading wicket taker for the Bulls in one-day and first-class cricket, with his season haul including 14 JLT Cup and 42 Sheffield Shield wickets - the latter achieved at the outstanding average of 20.76.
All-rounder Barsby played a key role in the Queensland Fire’s charge to the Women’s National Cricket League Final, finishing as the team’s leading wicket-taker with 10, while also contributing 140 runs at an average of 35.
Barsby was a member of Queensland’s past and present female cricketers taking centre stage during the award’s night that saw the Brisbane Heat’s Women’s Big Bash League championship celebrated, and former greats recognised for their contributions to cricket with the launch of the Women’s Hall of Fame, where Julia Price and Melissa Bulow were honoured as the inaugural inductees.
Price and Bulow, considered pioneers of women’s cricket in Queensland, were presented with portraits to recognise their careers that for both players included over 100 one-day games in maroon.
Price’s international career saw her play 10 Tests and 84 One-Day Internationals, including two ICC World Cup victories, while Bulow played 23 matches for Australia and was a member of the Fire side that won the Women’s T20 Competition in 2014. Her 122 one-day games for Queensland are also the most by a women’s cricketer.
In other awards on the night, two-time Ian Healy Trophy winner Michael Neser was named the Bulls Sheffield Shield Player of the Year after a season that reaffirmed his status as one of Australian cricket’s most consistent all-rounders, scoring 481 runs at an average of 33 and 33 wickets at 23.
Chris Lynn was awarded the JLT One Day Cup Player of the Year after finishing as the competition’s leading run-scorer with 452 at an average of 75, including two centuries.
Retiring paceman Luke Feldman was given a fitting tribute during the evening after a 10-season career that saw him play 63 First-Class, 31 List-A and 5 T20 games for the Bulls, taking a total of 267 wickets in Queensland colours.
Feldman was also named the Bulls Players’ Player with Sammy-Jo Johnson awarded the Fire’s Players’ Player, a peer-voted award for the Queensland male and female players who best display both team’s values.
The award was the second on the night for Johnson who was also named the Brisbane Heat’s Women’s Big Bash League Most Valuable Player after a breakout campaign that saw her hit 260 runs and take 20 wickets.
Afghani spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman was named the Heat’s BBL MVP after taking 12 wickets and finishing with the competition’s best economy rate of 6.04 runs per over.
During the awards dinner, it was announced that Queensland Cricket and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) were renewing their official partnership that would see cricket continue to support and promote road safety for the next four years.
Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said Queensland Cricket was proud to continue partnering with TMR to promote road safety.
“Cricket is a sport played and enjoyed across every corner of our state, so ensuring our players, fans and volunteers get to and from games is of the utmost importance and a message we are proud to promote.
“The last three years of our partnership working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads has been extremely valuable and well aligned with our values of supporting Queensland communities. We sincerely thank the Queensland Government for their continued support of cricket, and we look forward to working together over the next four years to ensure Queenslanders remain safe on our roads," Mr. Walters said.
Queensland Cricket will continue to promote TMR messaging across the Big Bash League, Women’s Big Bash League, community cricket and school competitions, while also supporting initiatives and events such as Queensland Road Safety Week.
Queensland Cricket Award Winners 2018-19
QLD Fire Player of the Season – Jemma Barsby
QLD Bulls Player of the Year (Ian Healy Trophy) - Mark Steketee
QLD Bulls Sheffield Shield Player of the Year – Michael Neser
QLD Bulls JLT One Day Cup Player of the Year – Chris Lynn
QLD Fire Players’ Player – Sammy-Jo Johnson
QLD Bulls Players’ Player – Luke Feldman
QLD Fire Fielder of the Year – Haidee Birkett
QLD Bulls Fielder of the Year – Sam Heazlett
Brisbane Heat BBL Most Valuable Player – Mujeeb ur Rahman
Brisbane Heat WBBL Most Valuable Player – Sammy-Jo Johnson
QLD Academy of Sport Player of the Year – Corey Hunter
QLD Youth Female Player of the Year – Courtney Sippel
QLD Government Male Country Player of the Year – Cameron Brimblecombe
QLD Government Female Country Player of the Year – Lexie Muller
QLD Lightning Player of the Year (Indoor - female) - Jude Coleman
QLD Thunder Player of the Year (Indoor – male) - Rhys Dearness
Graham Dixon Staff Achievement Award – Tony Hampson