Age: 26 Club: Western Suburbs
Fire T20 Games: 23 Fire 1-Day Games: 26
Kirby Short came of age as a cricketer in 2012-13 after a long apprenticeship with the Queensland Fire.
A popular and dedicated fringe player for the previous six seasons, Short developed into a key contributor.
She played every game in both competitions, averaging a healthy 26.20 in the one-dayers. The highlight was a career-best 41 not out against the might of NSW, adding an unbroken 103-run stand for the eighth wicket with Delissa Kimmince. There was also a valuable run-a-ball 39 against SA and 20 not out against Tasmania.
Short's athleticism in the field was also important in both forms of the game, taking the most catches by a Fire fielder (6) in the one-day season.
The turnaround came after she played just the solitary game in 2011-12 but did not get to bat or bowl.
Omitted from the initial squad in 2010-11, she was called-up mid-season and did well against WA in Perth on return, scoring a solid 31 before being run out, and fielding well in the one-dayer.
The next WNCL game against Victoria was washed out and she didn't get a bat in the final match against Tasmania. She was not so prominent in her five T20 games.
Short eventually elevated her performances to the standard she has produced at Grade level, where she has been ultra consistent for Western Suburbs.
She had a solid Katherine Raymont Shield season in both 2011-12 and 2010-11, and finished fourth in the Kath Smith Medal in 2009-10 when captaining the club to two titles.
She has been a strong performer for Queensland at national championships in indoor cricket in recent years.
A Konica Minolta Queensland Under-17 and Under-19 representative, Short was a member of the Queensland Under-17 team that won the national title in 2003-04. She has also represented Queensland at youth level in volleyball and softball.
Short comes from a sporting family, with her mother representing Australia at softball and her grandfather Mick Harvey playing first class cricket for Victoria and Queensland before coming a first class umpire.
Her great-uncle is 'Invincibles' batsman Neil Harvey.
Outside cricket, she has a degree in Human Movement and works as a high school teacher.