At 23 years old, the medium-pace bowler was offered her first State contract, after spending the previous season training as an invited squad member with the Statewide Super SA Scorpions.

A prolific indoor cricketer and part of reigning premier Sturt in the Statewide Super First Grade competition, Stacey’s paid cricketing career is starting somewhat later than most of her team-mates.

Navigating her place within the squad, she admits has been challenging, but what Stacey lacks in time spent as an elite athlete, she makes up for in life experience.

A compassionate character, calmness seems to emanate from Stacey, perhaps due to the perspective she has gained from a career in nursing.

The past two Premier Cricket summers have seen her performing at her best for Sturt. An integral part of the Blues’ title-winning campaign, she capped off the 2018-19 season with consecutive four-wicket hauls and a Player-of-the-Final medal.

In the indoor cricket space, she has enjoyed stunning success, with the exciting, fast-paced code taking her all over the world.

Representing Australia at Indoor World Cups in Dubai, New Zealand and South Africa, Stacey’s talent was further recognised when she was named in the Under-19 Team of the World as an 18-year-old in 2014.

Now living with her partner – a high-school teacher – Stacey’s life is bustling with activity, but at the same time, blissfully settled.

Tell us a bit about yourself growing up?
I grew up in Seacliff Park with my mum and dad, brother Brad and sister Megan. I’m the youngest of the three. I played lots of sports...netball, footy, basketball, cricket - indoor and outdoor. I’ve played cricket at Sturt since 2013 and played at Adelaide Cricket Club before that. I went to high school at Sacred Heart.

Who is your cricket hero?
When I was a kid, it was definitely Adam Gilchrist, but mostly because I just really liked him as a person. I actually don’t follow sport too much!

What’s your most embarrassing cricket memory?
Oh man, so many! Most of them were as a young kid when I’m batting! I’m always the last wicket and we have might have, like, five runs to score. I remember one particular time, I was maybe 15 and was playing against Karen Rolton. I was batting with Megan (Schutt) at the time and she told me, “Just face the ball and then I’ll hit the winning runs.” I got caught by Karen Rolton straight away!

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in cricket?
Probably self-doubt. I’m not good at having confidence in myself as a cricketer. It’s already started to improve though since being with the Scorps.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a day off?
Finally have a sleep in! And go for walks.

What’s your go-to coffee order?
Half-strength mocha.

Is there a movie you have watched over and over?
Definitely the Harry Potter series.

What’s your favourite place to eat in Adelaide?
Lately it’s Kintaro Sushi at Marion.

What were your first words when you found out you had a Scorpions contract?
I think I was like, “Oh my god, really? Awesome!”

Do you have any pets?
No, I wish! I want a dog so badly. I want a Nova Scotia Ducktolling Retriever!

Which Scorpion is most likely to buy you a coffee?
That would be Tabby (Saville).

Which Scorpion is the biggest pest?
Darcie (Brown)!

Who are you most looking forward to playing alongside?
Tegan (McPharlin). I play indoor with her and she’s just pretty awesome.

Follow Stacey on Instagram at @staceoates. To find out what the Scorpions are up to, follow @sa_scorpions on Instagram@ScorpionsSA on Twitter and Statewide Super SA Scorpions on Facebook.

The Scorpions start their WNCL campaign on 22 September at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.