The frosty morning temperatures signal the conclusion of another cricket season in the ACT. Phillip Oval is transformed into an AFL arena for the winter as the hibernation covers go over the pitch.
Players and fans wait eagerly for the next season, praying for warm weather, no rain and loads of runs. However, this next season will certainly be different for ACT cricket.
One of Canberra's most decorated athletes is handing in her kit bag, after calling it a day at age 32. Erin Osborne announced in late November 2021, that she would be retiring from all forms of cricket at the end of the season.
Originally from Tamworth, Osborne lived and breathed cricket from an early age as she dreamed of representing Australia and donning the Baggy Green. Her idol growing up was Micheal Bevan, the Australian all-rounder, a title she would also come to hold.
Her natural talent for the game was clear at an early age, as she played representative cricket as a child. Osborne credits her support network, being her family as a big part of having a successful career.
Scoring runs and taking wickets became normal for Osborne, as she went on to play for her town, State and Country, ultimately making a career out of playing what she loved.
Osborne has bared witness to the rise in exposure and promotion of not only Women’s cricket but also female sport in Australia.
The Australian all-rounder acknowledges that there is still plenty of room to improve but is incredibly glad about the steps that have been taken by Cricket Australia and ACT.
As one of her careers comes to a close, another opens as Osborne prepares to continue with her pathway role with Cricket ACT and help the next generation coming through.
Osborne sat down in early April, as the AFL posts were being assembled at Phillip Oval to speak about her upbringing, the growth of women's sport, representing Australia and what's next for her.