Anna O'Leary, cricketer.
June 1991; Trentham United Harriers under-14 winner.
December 1992; Upper Hutt College Sports Person of the Year, Captain UHC 1st XI Cricket; played for NZ, captained Wellington Secondary Schools' under-18 team, aged 15.
May 1994; pictured with her cricketing family; Parents Christine and Mike led from the front with Mike recently elected for his third term as chairman of the Upper Hutt Junior Cricket Club. He and Christine also each coached a club team.
Fifteen-year-old Anna had excelled at cricket since starting at seven. She had recently been picked for the national development squad to train at the New Zealand Cricket Academy in Christchurch.
A top order batter, Anna captained the Upper Hutt College First IX and was vice-captain of Wellington under-20 team. She played for Taita District senior women's team.
Younger sister Emily, 13, an all rounder, played for Sacred Heart College's First IX and was chosen for the Wellington Secondary Schools' third and fourth form team.
Brothers Phillip, 12, and Oliver, 10, continued the family tradition being members of Upper Hutt Junior Cricket Club's premier team and Hutt Valley Development Squads. Phillip was a spin bowler and middle order batsman, while Oliver batted in the top order. Phillip had recently been chosen to attend elite coaching at Cambridge in August. The children also played a number of winter sports.
December 5, 1994; joint winner (with Glen Falconer) of Upper Hutt College's Pepper Harefield Tungatt Trophy for outstanding achievement in sport.
January 1995; joint winner, Greater Wellington Secondary Schools Player of the year.
March 1996; at 17, the youngest player in a squad of 15 to tour England and Ireland; She had deliberately put off business studies at Massey University , hoping that she would be selected.
July 3, 1996; maiden first-class century for New Zealand; 105 against a President's eleven; more than half the team's score.
August 7, 1996; appeared in an 'Leader' sports profile; after returning from England on July 24; she was the youngest player (18) in the New Zealand team, and had played at Lord's, in the final of three tests. New Zealand had drawn all three tests, and won all the one-day games.
She had been in the Wellington team for the past two years, and had picked up two consecutive Shell Young Women's Cricketer of the Year awards.
March 2001; Upper Hutt Sportsperson (and Sportswoman) of the Year.
The April 17, 2002 'Leader' printed a wedding photo, taken at St Patrick's College Chapel; she had married another cricketer, Andrew Smith, who played for Petone Rivrside; she played for Taita. Two cricket bats were brandished over them by members of the New Zealand women's cricket team. They couple were leaving for England.
Harriers; the Dome Cup; Trentham United under-14s; Anna O'Leary, 1st, girls; Richard Anderton, 3rd, boys.
O'Leary family "just crazy about cricket"; (back) Christine, Anna, Emily, Mike (front) Oliver and Phillip.
Sportsperson of the Year awards 2002; sportswoman; drag racer Michelle Davison with 2001 winner Anna O'Leary.