Short informed her teammates this week that she would retire after the final round of Women’s National Cricket League games at Allan Border Field yesterday.
 
Queensland’s match against South Australia was washed out yesterday and with WA defeating NSW, the Final will now be played between NSW, the defending title holders, and WA at North Sydney Oval next week.
 
The Fire finished third.
 
The 33-year-old Short made her Queensland debut in 2005-06 as an off-spinner who batted in the lower order and played her last WNCL game as an opening batter.
 
In all, she played 72 one-day games for Queensland, 49 T20 games for the Fire where she was a member of the Fire’s WT20 title winning side and most recently, 67 WBBL games for the Brisbane Heat.
 
As Heat captain, she raised the rebel Women’s Big Bash League trophy aloft on two occasions as the Brisbane team went back-to-back with championships last season and this summer.
 
She served as captain of Queensland since taking on the role during the 2016-17 season.
 
Queensland Cricket Chair Chris Simpson praised Short for her achievements.
 
“As a player and as a leader, she was dedicated and selfless in putting the team before her own interests,’’ he said.
 
“Queensland Cricket wishes her every success for her future as she steps away from playing, although I am sure she will continue to be a strong and positive force for cricket in Queensland as she moves into the next phase of her life.’’
 
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said Short should be proud of her legacy.
 
“She is a wonderful role model and has played a significant role in driving participation for girls,’’ he said.
 
“Kirby has excelled in her chosen profession as a teacher, and the outstanding example she has set for players who have come into our teams cannot be understated.
 
“Her poise on and off the field has been wonderful to observe. You only need to revisit her speeches after the Heat’s two championship wins to understand why she is so respected by her peers and the fans of the game in general.”
 
“We certainly look forward to maintaining close ties with her and benefiting from her insights and expertise in the future,’’ he said.

Short said while it had been emotional to inform her teammates of her decision, she believed the timing was right.

“Whilst I would like to think I am a person of words, it wasn’t easy to find the right ones when the moment came to share my decision.”

“The challenge offered by elite sport has always been motivating for me, and I am looking forward to what form my sporting involvement takes in the next chapter.”

“With respect to playing highlights, while it is always significant to beat a NSW team on their home turf, it would be difficult to look past our back-to-back WBBL title, in front of a full house at Allan Border Field.

"The sense of pride associated with lifting a trophy in front of a hill filled by our family and enthusiastic supporters, following a very consistent season of team performances, will always hold a special place in my heart and mind. The two WBBL titles allowed us to break down some significant psychological barriers, and I do not think it too optimistic to say, there is no limit to what women’s cricket in Queensland can achieve.”

“I feel very privileged to have shared the field and change room with the trailblazing women who fought to create the opportunities and conditions our current players can now benefit from. Equally, I have been fortunate to work with a range of high-quality coaches and support staff throughout my time at Queensland Cricket.”

“It is incredible to see the increasing number of young girls (and boys) playing our game. The reality that cricket is now a professional pathway for girls, is a genuinely exciting proposition. Like many before me, there is a sense of pride associated with knowing we have made a small contribution to that growth and change of mindset.”

“Playing sport professionally was not a reality when I first started playing, so I am very grateful to Education Queensland, and in particular, the leaders of Wavell and MacGregor SHS, for without their support, I would not have been able to pursue my ambition to play representative cricket, for an extended period of time.”

“It is very pleasing that juggling two professions is not a challenge that will be faced by future generations as the women’s game continues to grow. With that said, I do hope female athletes are able to maintain perspective and balance into this new era of women’s sport.”

Short will finish the season with Wests in the Katherine Raymont Shield in the Premier Grade competition.
 
Her contribution will be formally recognized at the Queensland Cricket Annual Awards Gala evening at City Hall on Saturday 4 April.