Zeller, Australian Women's Coach
Cricket World: Brad, when
did you first start playing Indoor Cricket? And what have been
the milestones for you so far?
playing indoor cricket at ICA Toowoomba way back in 1984. I just
loved the game--and I still do. As it turns out I have done a
complete circle and come back here to Toowoomba.
As for milestones.....
to Brisbane in 1987 and played at Tingalpa. It briefly shut
down in late 1988 and
- I played
at Ashmore on the Gold Coast and Lang Park before moving
- back to
Tingalpa when David Gloede (ICW: coach of the current
Australian Mens Masters side which recently won the International
Masters Championships in Perth) reopened it in 1990. A lot
of club success there with playing and coaching followed in
the next 10 years and more importantly made some life long friends
that are not only friends but an inspiration to me. ·
- One of
the first real tests of my coaching came soon after it reopened
when I agreed to help with some people with Downe's Syndrome
and other intellectual disabilities. This was great and it exposed
another side to me.
- 1986 ICA
Queensland Colts and Nu Steel Cup open team, Queensland Cannons
- 1987 ICA
Nu Steel Cup team Queensland Bears. All Australian selection
- 1988 --
2000 ICA/AICF Queensland team
- 1995 Queensland
team after the Australian Indoor Cricket Federation and Indoor
Cricket Arenas (ICA) combined
- 1996 --
2000 Queensland over 30's. Captain 1997 to 2000. Played in 5
finals winning the first 3.
Over-30's selection 1997 -- 2000.
- 1997 Captain
of the inaugural Over-30 tour of New Zealand. We won all 3 tests
and all of the lead up games. More friends made and I caught
up with some this year. ·
to tour N.Z. in 1999 due to Open commitments with coaching.
- 1998 to
2001 State Open women's coach. Won in 1998, 1999 and 2001. ·
Women's coach from 1998 to present day, with 1 year left on
my agreement. ·
- World Cup
win for the Australian Women in 1998 in Melbourne. ·
tours of England (1999) and New Zealand (2001).
- Had to
withdraw from the position in 2000, missing the World Cup and
the Australian Women's first loss in a World Cup game, because
I had just gone into partnership to buy this centre and could
not afford to be away at that time (ICW: Ross Collins
coached the Australian Women to victory, despite losing a qualifying
game, in the 2000 World Cup).
Phew. That's an impressive list of achievements for just 14 years
involvement in the sport. Let's move on to some more questions
. . .
The Brad Zeller
Interview continues: Brad's favourite "other" sports,
favourite spectator sports, favourite coaches . . . and Brad's
views on whether or not Indoor Cricket ruins outdoor players'
Zeller Interview Part 1 | Part
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