Chat with Damien Fleming & Holly Ferling
MILO Ambassadors, Holly Ferling and Damien Fleming launched the 2017-18 MILO Junior Cricket season last Friday in Sydney on Cockatoo Island.
The launch celebrated 25 years of partnership with MILO for Junior Cricket which includes MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast programs and formed part of a week-long National Play Cricket Week Tour. The tour has showcased the fun, inclusive and diverse nature of cricket, whilst also acting as a mini pre-season for Mr Sutherland, who will be pulling on the whites again this summer to join his son in a father and son competition.
Mama Chic had the pleasure of interviewing one of the game’s greats, we found out why Damien Fleming loves getting involved in the Milo cricket programs.
Mama Chic, “Do you think the Milo Cricket programs in2CRICKET & T20 Blast are shaping the games future stars?”
Damien Fleming, “Yes, Milo Cricket is fantastic, it’s developed a lot. It’s been going for 25 years now. Milo started with ‘Kanga Cricket’, now their main program is ‘In2Cricket’ and then ‘T20 Blast’, my kids have gone through it, the highlight of that is, you just want them to have fun and bottom line I just want my kids to be passionate in life. But in saying that there is a bit in me hoping that they like cricket and they do! I’m a commentator, I’m commentating the boxing day test and guess what? He’s playing at lunchtime! So I got to quickly walk down and watch him play, that was just fantastic to see my son play. My daughter Jasmine, has gone through the T20 Blast program. So ‘Into Cricket is a real basic skill based, its a have fun, learn to bowl, learn to bat, build your skills, but I like how there’s a succession plan. So, in T20 Blasts there are more games, but there’s loud music and it’s more fun. Once you’re competent in T20, you can then progress to club cricket. I suppose the biggest one is the Girls, there is a real pathway now, 300,000 girls participated last year. So, we will have a generation of girls aspiring to play for Sydney Thunder, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers. So, think cricket is in a great way and a lot of it is set up through these Milo programs.”
Mama Chic, “Will you ever forgive Wornie for dropping your hat-trick ball?”
Damien, “No! Why would you, I told the kids if you get one thing out of today learn how to catch! I only played two more tests after that. Kids learn how to catch!”
Holly Ferling Aussie cricket player was an absolute inspiration to chat with, at the ripe age of 21 she has accomplished an awful lot! So, when I had the chance to have a chat with her I jumped at it. Holly is the official ambassador for Milo In2Cricket & T20 Blast.
Mama Chic, “Do you think the Milo In2Cricket & T20 Blast programs are influencing women to play cricket?”
Holly, “Absolutely, These programs were my first taste of cricket. I grew up in country Queensland in Kingaroy, this was his first chance I had to pick up a cricket bat. It was until a few years later I actually got to play cricket, club cricket. Nowadays there is something like 1 in 3 participants are girls or even close to 50% of the Milo Cricket attendees are female. Those girls are now saying they would like to play for the Australian women’s cricket team. So, it’s just so awesome to see how far the sport has come in such a very short time.
Mama Chic, “What would your advice be to a young woman wanting to play professional cricket?”
Holly, “Get out there and have a go. I first started in these programs but I played a lot of netball and touch football and it wasn’t until a girl a touch asked me to trial in the twelve-year-old cricket team. I thought I’d give the sport ago and I haven’t looked back since. I was on the state team in a couple of months of starting and I was super fortunate that I fell into it. Women’s cricket is just going to get bigger and better!”
Mama Chic, “At the age of 14, how did it feel debuting in men’s grade cricket in Queensland, and taking a hat-trick with your first three balls?”
Holly, “Well, Mum and Dad weren’t even there! They took me along and thought I wasn’t going to get a bowl, but I finally did. Mum was actually at the shops and someone ran into her and said, “Holly’s on a hat-trick!” She didn’t believe it, she thought it was all rubbish, but it was amazing. That was when I fell in love with cricket.”
Holly was so passionate about the Milo Cricket programs. I felt she really believed in what the programs were teaching the kids. These programs are not just teaching kids how to play cricket, they are teaching them life skills as well. Things like sportsmanship, leadership and respect all are often missed in society. Holly is such an inspiration and a great role model for your women.
Having participated in Milo KangaCricket (now In2Cricket & T20 Blast) when I was a kid, I was very excited to work on this project and see how the programs are still influencing the young people of today. It was so great to see all the cricket stars getting involved and having fun. I feel the children will hold on to these happy memories for the rest of their lives.
This week the Milo team are touring Australia encouraging young people to get involved with cricket. If you would like to enrol your child into a Milo In2Cricket or T20 Blast program follow the link below.
To find out more about MILO In2Cricket & T20 Blast or to find a local club, please visit