Former Victorian Captain Kelly Applebee is joining the ACA as Manager Cricket Operations and Player Relations.
Applebee had a 15-year playing career for Victoria and has worked with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia.
Her most recent role is as Head of Program Development at the AFL Players Association and ACA General Manager Cricket Operations and Player Relations Brendan Drew believes Applebee will be a great asset to the ACA.
“Kelly has had two decades of experience in elite sport in Australia and is highly regarded by those she has worked with.”
Applebee has also been a coach and more recently a president of the Dandenong Women’s Cricket Club (DWCC).
“Kelly played a lead role in implementing the merger between the DWCC and Dandenong Men’s Cricket Club before the 2017/18 season and now serves as the club’s vice president since the merger.
“She has built excellent relationships at many levels of the game, which is a critical element of this role.
“And with significant growth in women’s cricket over recent years, Kelly’s understanding of the game at local, state and international level will be put to good use.”
“We look forward to having her start with us in the coming weeks,” Drew said.
Speaking of her role at the ACA, Applebee was looking forward to giving back to Australian cricket.
“The ACA provided a lot for me as a current and past player and I’m really pleased about the chance to give back.
“The opportunity to work for a lot of the players I played with and against is really exciting, as is the opportunity to help support the next generation of players coming through the system.”
Applebee sees her past six years at the AFL Players Association as being a great benefit to her role at the ACA.
“Absolutely, there is a lot of shared learning that can happen across all players associations.
“We are all striving for ‘best practice’ which ultimately benefits the athletes we represent.”
Applebee is due to start with the ACA on the 27th August.