BUZZING: Nicholas De Giusti and Imogene Fisk-Walsh were named the Ipswich/Logan Hornets' male and female club best and fairest players for the 2017-18 campaign.
BUZZING: Nicholas De Giusti and Imogene Fisk-Walsh were named the Ipswich/Logan Hornets' male and female club best and fairest players for the 2017-18 campaign. Contributed

Improving Imogene overwhelmed by orange jacket honour

IN MANY respects, 2017-18 was a breakout season for Ipswich/Logan Hornets all-rounder Imogene Fisk-Walsh.

The 16-year-old enjoyed a career season in the brown and yellow, as part of the Hornets' unbeaten Jodie Fields Shield-winning women's team. Fisk-Walsh was named vice-captain of the team in her second year at the club.

Batting anywhere between one and six in the order, Fisk-Walsh scored less than 26 runs just three times across the 2017-18 season. As a part-time bowler, she added eight wickets.

Often, Fisk-Walsh's contributions came at key points in a match which helped tip the favour to her team. And yet, the Centenary Heights State High School student was still surprised when her name was called to receive the coveted orange jacket on Saturday night.

"It was a real surprise for me, I thought not playing all the games that I wouldn't have got it," Fisk-Walsh said.

"I had a lot of emotions. I had to get up and say a speech and I didn't know what to say. (My teammates) were all proud of me."

Fisk-Walsh felt the biggest improvement in her game last season came with the willow in-hand.

"I thought this year was a lot better for me than last year," she said.

"I was more patient with my shots. It was a lot to do with (coach) Justin Anderson in the nets giving me throw-downs, and during warm-ups really telling me what I needed to do."

The talented teen said her season highlight was the 64 runs she made at the top of the order against Sandgate in round 12.

With a handful of players away on Queensland duty, Fisk-Walsh was given the opportunity to bat atop the order. She proved her leadership qualities with an impressive knock.

Fisk-Walsh is excited at the prospect of the Hornets moving into the Katherine Raymond first grade competition next season.

Stats that matter

Matches: 12

Runs: 228 (Av. 32.57)

High score: 64 (v Sandgate, Rd 12)

Wickets: 8 (Econ. 4.43)

Best: 3/24 (v Sunshine Coast, Rd 1)