‘Hopefully we can send her out on winning note’: Healy lauds Perry’s legacy

Unbeknownst to the bemused umpire, the two future stars of Australian cricket had already crossed paths during the summers prior and instantly hit it off.

They had already spent countless afternoons at representative carnivals killing time on a makeshift driving range at the back of their motel, their parents quickly scurrying them inside as the sun set.

A friendship was born all those years ago and the pair remain close to this day.

Their journey from star juniors to state cricketers to Australian stars have been closely aligned and while they have collected dozens of trophies along the way, one memory pops straight into Healy’s mind when asked about the departure of Perry, who will play her final game for NSW in Saturday’s Women’s National Cricket League final against Queensland at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.

«I think the first year we played together the [WNCL] grand final got washed out against South Australia and all I remember is us two being cheeky little 16-year-olds with the rain coming down, sliding around on the outfield and kicking a soccer ball,» Healy told the Herald.

«We got told pretty quickly to get inside and to be professional.

Heading south: Ellyse Perry will join Victoria's WNCL side next summer.

Heading south: Ellyse Perry will join Victoria’s WNCL side next summer.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

«That was probably one of the funniest moments but we’ve had some cracking wins along the way and hopefully we can add one more.»

Perry is turning out one last time for the Breakers on Saturday before heading south to play for Victoria at the end of this summer to be closer to her husband, Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua, who has signed with the Melbourne Rebels after spending the past three years playing for the Leicester Tigers in England.

«Obviously it’s a huge loss,» Healy said. «She’s played a lot of cricket for NSW so to see her move away from this state is difficult and it’s a difficult decision for her.

«But we are 100 per cent supportive of that and hopefully we will be able to send her out on the right note.»

Perry will leave quite the legacy in NSW.

The countless trophies won during her time as a Breaker aside, Healy credited the 28-year-old with the rise of professional cricket in NSW.

«The most pleasing thing about Pez’s time at NSW has been the influence she has had not only on the field but off the field as well within the organisation,» Healy said.

Title on the line: Healy and the Breakers are chasing their 20th WNCL title on Saturday.

Title on the line: Healy and the Breakers are chasing their 20th WNCL title on Saturday.

«She was a big driver in the Breakers becoming professional before anybody else in the domestic competition and she should take a lot of credit for that.

«She was pushing for that for a long time and from that point of view she will be remembered as the ultimate professional.»

Perry may be the ultimate professional but to Healy, she’ll always be the 16-year-old rascal sliding on the covers during a rain delay.

«We’re 28 going on 12,» Healy said.

«There is plenty of rascal left [in Perry] and hopefully she can bring it out tomorrow.

«She enjoys playing for NSW so hopefully we can send her out on a winning note.»

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Источник: Theage.com.au

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