When third year communications student Hannah Rowe isn’t attending lectures at Massey’s Manawatu campus she’s busy slinging medium paced seamers down the pitch against world class batters for the White Ferns.
How long have you been playing cricket for?
Since I was about nine years old.
How did you get into cricket?
My brothers used to play so just on the back lawn… then I started playing with under 11 boys and from there started getting involved.
You mentioned you played for the under 11 boys teams, why was that?
At the time there were no girl’s cricket teams where I was. When you’re younger it’s easier to get into it because there are so many opportunities but once you leave under 21unless you make a domestic team. There needs to be a bridge between under 21 cricket and domestic cricket.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Playing for New Zealand is an absolute privilege and I want to do that as long as I can and then after that fall back on a career in my degree.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
How passionate I am about netball. I play for a Massey team I have to fit it around cricket though.
If you were a pizza topping what kind would you be?
Pineapple! It’s such a big debate.
Do you think the female cricket team gets a fair share of attention compared to the men’s game? Why?
The attention is getting better; it’s an exciting time to be involved in women’s cricket because people are starting to take notice.
What are you watching on Netflix right now?
I only just got Netflix two days ago, I am watching Suits.
What’s your ideal date?
Nothing too serious or romantic, going to a sports game.
Whenever the Blackcaps play Australia there is always a fair bit of on field sledging going on, does that happen in the women’s game too? If so, what’s the best sledge you’ve ever heard?
It does happen a lot but not really on an international level so I haven’t experienced it. The best I have ever heard; I was playing cricket with boys when I was younger and someone asked me what I was doing there and told me it wasn’t a fashion parade. It hurt me a bit at the time.