Meg Thompson looks to the future

Rising cricket star Meg Thompson has started an exciting new chapter that’s expected to take her closer to her goal of one day playing for Western Fury, the state’s peak female representative team.

The 2015-16 state under-18 female player of the year has moved to Perth to study at Curtin University and pursue her promising cricket career.

The shift from her home town of Busselton to the state capital comes not long after the talented wicketkeeper made the impressive leap into open representative cricket.

Last month, the young gun captained the West Australian side in the seven-team women’s division of the Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships

Considered an important part of the cricketing pathway, the annual tournament showcases the best cricket talent from regional areas around Australia and the East Asia-Pacific.

While WA Country didn’t finish on top of the table, it was a valuable experience for 18-year-old Thompson who competed against older women who delivered a strong standard of cricket.

“Going from an underage to an open division, the whole skill set just rose,” she said.

“It was a massive step up in that there were women who were 25, 30 years old.

“They were so experienced and knew exactly how to play the game.

“And we were such a young team.

“It was obviously very challenging. I found it quite difficult. I learnt so much, not only being a captain on the field, but a leader off the field.”

The bright young sports woman, who has benefited from being part of the South West Academy of Sport, says she is excited about the future as she embarks on her university studies.

“Now that I’m in Perth I can train all the time with my club team and hopefully move in to the Fury squad and get training there,” she said.

“And hopefully, I’ll make my Fury debut in the next couple of years.”