Born and bred in Kapunda, Darcie has spent much of her childhood engaged in physical activity, flanked by her two sport-loving older brothers.

At first meeting, she presents as a reserved year 11 student of few words, but this perception remains relatively short-lived.

A self-confessed prankster, Darcie has a definite cheeky side that shines through when she’s comfortable in a group, especially now she has settled in among her new Scorpions teammates.

Often recognised by those in talent identification for her raw bowling speed, Darcie recalls being clocked at “around 116km per hour”, an incredible feat for a girl of her age and experience.

At just 15 years of age, she was selected in the Australia Under 19s squad that toured New Zealand in March and then a few weeks later, after turning 16, the quick bowler was awarded her first senior State contract.

Darcie has since relocated to the suburbs of Adelaide to immerse herself in her first year of Scorpions pre-season and her final years of school.

Get to know a little more about the fast-bowling, big-grinning, bespectacled Barossa girl, with a bright future...

Tell us a bit about where you grew up?
I grew up in Kapunda with mum, dad and my two older brothers, who both play cricket. My brother Joey played for the Outbacks this year (SA Country Men’s side). I have a kelpie named Willow and a cat called Eddie. They both live back in Kapunda with mum and dad now and I’m living with my brothers in Adelaide.

What sports have you played and to what level?
Netball, footy, tennis and basketball mostly. I’m playing netball for Garville at the moment in the Inter 1s and have played footy in the Under 17 Centrals Talent Shield and in the Crows Academy. I played basketball for the Allendale Alligators when I lived in Kapunda, too.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in sport?
Wearing glasses. I can’t see very well without them and my glasses slip when I bowl. I’ve started wearing contacts for training now after wearing them for a few years for netball and footy.

Three words that describe you as a person?
Easygoing, friendly, observer. Although I can come across as quiet, the more comfortable I get the more outgoing I become. I like to be funny and prank people if I can!

What is your most embarrassing cricket moment?
Last year in a Scorpions City v Country game, I left a free hit! I thought it was going wide but it didn’t – that was pretty embarrassing.

Your go-to coffee order?

Game day rituals or habits?
I put my socks on before my shoes…

What are you currently binge-watching?
All the Marvel movies, from start to finish with my brothers. I’m a fan of Marvel movies! Thor Ragnarok or End Game are probably my favourites.

Your favourite batting shot?
Cover drive.

Favourite school subject?
I do netball as a subject at the moment, so that!

Who is the loudest and most outgoing Scorpion?
Alex Price.

Who is the most likely to buy you a coffee?
Ellie Falconer has asked me a couple of times!

What are your main goals this season?
Definitely to play a WNCL game.

The Women’s National Cricket League 2019-20 schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

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