All-round talent Webb finding her feet for Australia
April 27, 2018
You could say that Courtney Webb has the sporting world at her feet.
The Tasmanian is an all-rounder in more ways than one, the multi-talented sports star has made not one professional debut in the past 12 months, but two.
Webb made her Women’s National Cricket League debut for the Tasmanian Roar this summer, playing four matches for the season followed by an AFLW debut with Carlton.
The 18-year-old has spent the last fortnight representing the Australia Under 19 side in the Emerging Women Tri-Series in South Africa against England Women’s Academy and South Africa Emerging Women, and has been vice-captain for the Twenty20 component of the series.
“It’s super exciting to be able to represent your country in any sport, especially a sport I love in cricket,” Webb said prior to the series.
“I usually bat in the top to middle order, and then bowl in the middle overs as well. I pace myself a bit, I like to get myself in and the accelerate as my innings goes on.
“I’m looking to make new friendships, and to be able to go overseas, experience a different culture, a different environment. Being able to adapt to different conditions, I think that really is important to being a successful cricketer.
“I’m just looking to have a few consistent performances, contribute in my role for the team and have some fun.”
Having spent the past four months out of home, living in Melbourne as part of her AFLW commitments, the South Launceston product comes well-prepared for a cricket tour on the road.
Webb is taking a gap year this year to focus on her sporting pursuits - and for now hopes to continue both her cricket and football.
Four games for the Tasmanian Roar in the WNCL highlighted Webb’s all-round ability, with the medium pacer picking up two wickets on debut and three wickets in total.
But at underage level it’s been Webb’s bat that has done the talking, with 304 runs at an average of 38 in this year’s Under 18 National Championships, followed by a match-winning innings of 49 in the Lanning XI v Perry XI match showcasing Australia’s best young female talent.
“I debuted for the Tassie Roar in the WNCL last year over in Adelaide and played against Western Australia. I got a wicket on my first ball, so that was pretty funny,” she said.
“It was a huge step-up.
“I’m predominantly a batter in the underage formats, but I played more as a bowling all-rounder in the WNCL. It was pretty different for me, but pretty cool to play at that higher level.”
Webb has found some form with the bat in Australia’s most recent matches on tour in South Africa, with 18 runs in each Twenty20, heading towards the final.
Australia will meet South Africa Emerging Women in the series final, a one-day match, on Saturday.