WBBL trio re-sign with Sydney Sixers
Multi-sport star Jodie Hicks and teenage bowlers Stella Campbell and Emma Hughes have re-signed with the Sydney Sixers for the rebel Women’s Big Bash League.
Hicks, an all-rounder from Hay, in the western Riverina region of the state, was part of the Sixers’ squad in each of their first five WBBL campaigns and has signed on for another year, juggling her commitments with the Sixers and GWS in the AFLW.
Campbell, who took five wickets for the Sixers last season, and Hughes, who is yet to debut, have inked two year deals.
Sixers head coach Ben Sawyer said all three players would bring value to the Sixers squad for WBBL|06 when it gets underway in late October.
“They all bring something for us,” Sawyer said.
“Hicksy has been part of every WBBL campaign and forced her way into our starting XI at the back end of last season through hard work and perseverance,” Sawyer said.
“Over the years she has been vital for us in the field but she has worked hard on her batting and has contributed there too.
“Stella improved as the competition went on last year and when Ellyse Perry was injured Stella stepped up and became one of our bowlers in the power play which is a real responsibility.
“This pre-season she is pushing the radar gun up and up and is developing into one of the quickest bowlers in Australia.
“She will be important for us and if she is continues on that path of hard work and improvement she is sure to get noticed by national selectors in the future.
“Emma’s had a few shoulder injuries and is working hard to make it back to full fitness for the opening rounds of the WBBL.
“She has moved to Sydney from Dubbo and it’s positive that not only do we at the Sixers see her talent, but the NSW system obviously see her potential too, by offering her a full state contract with the Breakers.”
It is a busy time for Campbell who is currently completing her HSC studies at Mackellar Girls High School on the Northern Beaches.
The 184cm right-arm quick made her Women’s National Cricket League debut for the NSW Breakers last summer, leading to her selection in the Governor General’s XI against India and a Cricket Australia XI that took on the Australian Women’s Cricket team.
To fit in her studies with cricket training, Campbell often leaves her Newport home at 6am to travel to Sydney Olympic Park for one on one coaching before heading back to school.
“It’s been a little hectic but then this year’s been hectic for everyone,” Campbell said.
“I try and take it day by day and plan as much as I can. I fit in training early in the morning or after school in the afternoons but it’s all going well.”
Campbell will sit the HSC during the WBBL season, with five subjects to complete.
The Sixers' squad now consists of 12 players: Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Maddy Darke, Ash Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jodie Hicks, Emma Hughes, Marizanne Kapp, Ellyse Perry ©, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Dane van Niekerk
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