Vale Flo (Florence) Hilda Ireland
July 18, 2018
Cricket Australia has today paid tribute to Australian Cricketer Flo Hilda Ireland.
Flo Ireland made a significant contribution to Western Australian women’s cricket in the post-war era and was a State representative from 1948 to 1952.
Ireland, while playing for Willows Cricket Club, was vice-captain in the first Western Australian team that competed in the All-Australian Women’s Cricket Carnival held in Melbourne in January 1948.
The 21-year-old wicket-keeper was then chosen as the only Western Australian representative in the Australian women’s cricket team to tour New Zealand.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Sutherland said:
“Flo had a large impact on cricket in Western Australia and as an Australian player, before beginning her successful softball career. We are greatly saddened by the news of her passing.
“On behalf of everyone at Cricket Australia our deepest sympathies go out to Flo’s family, friends and all those in the cricket community,” concluded Mr Sutherland.
A reliable all-rounder, Ireland was selected to play for WA and a Combined Australia XI against the touring England women’s cricket team at the WACA Ground in November 1948.
In 1950, Ireland represented WA in Adelaide and in 1952 was vice-captain of the WA team in the first women’s cricket interstate carnival to be played in Perth.
In 1953 Flo Ireland began an illustrious career in softball as a player and administrator, representing Western Australia many times and Australia in 1960 and 1962.