Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Fine Leader Returns to Help Team Stay on Top

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Fine Leader Returns to Help Team Stay on Top

Article excerpt

NOT even a busted shoulder and post viral fatigue syndrome could keep Heather Brooker's competitive fires subdued any longer.

After a year off following a shoulder reconstruction (her second) the 40-year-old former Queensland vigoro captain is back for Occasionals.

Occasionals begin their title defence against Sports at Joyce Street, East Ipswich, tomorrow. City Slickers play Wildcats in the other division one match.

Only time will tell how well Brooker has recovered from her second shoulder operation.

She will keep wicket so she doesn't have to throw with the arm she dislocated twice playing touch football.

"It doesn't dislocate when I sleep now, which is nice," she said.

Brooker admits thoughts of giving sport away had entered her head. But while her body may protest, her spirit is still up for the challenge.

"I'm getting a bit old so yeah (I did consider retiring)," she said.

"But I missed the social interaction and I'm a bit competitive. …

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