April 2, 2009

New Zealand cricket

The pride of playing for New Zealand

Haidee Tiffen


Haidee Tiffen: "I have been a part of the winning World Cup team in 2000 and made friendships I know will last forever" © Getty Images
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I had been thinking about retiring for a while and had spoken to my friends and family at Christmas about the thoughts of retiring. I know it is probably a bit odd at the timing of my retirement ahead of the World Twenty20 but I have had plenty of agonising hours deciding when it was right. I know in my heart before the World Cup that it was time. I thoroughly enjoyed the World Cup and I always wanted to retire on a high note and I feel I have done that. There is a new era of young talented White Ferns that I know will continue to represent our country with huge pride and passion. I know they will continue doing well. I will always be following the girls’ journey.

One reason for my decision to retire was the loss of earnings for us while we are on tour. It is very difficult to balance full time teaching and full-time cricket. If I was paid I probably would still be playing. It is hard to keep the balance and I know it has been my choice for the past few years and I certainly did not play for money, I played because I am hugely passionate about cricket and my country. The positive thing in the women’s game is that the playing programme for the women has grown but there is far more of a time commitment now in order to prepare for those tours and I suppose the loss of earnings on tour did come into account in my decision to retire. It is not the main reason but certainly a part of the reason.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my cricketing journey. I have been apart of a Timaru Girls High School team that won the National secondary school title in New Zealand, I have been apart of the huge history of successful State championships with Canterbury. I have played for my country for 10 years and captained out great nation, I have been a part of the winning World Cup team in 2000 and I have played alongside some amazing Kiwis. Not to mention I have met some amazing people from all over the world and made friendships I know will last forever. I have learnt a lot during my playing days, have had fantastic successes, gut-wrenching losses, been coached by brilliant coaches and I know all my experiences have shaped me in becoming the person I am today. I would never change anything I have experienced.

Looking ahead to New Zealand women’s cricket’s future, I think there are three players the world should be looking out for. Not only are they all outstanding allrounders but they all are fantastic ambassadors for our country. They are Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and Lucy Doolan. All talented and skilled in their own right and I believe they all will be highly ranked players in the world.

And I can assure you this is not the last you will see of me in the cricketing scene. I will continue to do some coaching here in New Zealand and I want to get my Level 3 coaching certificate. Maybe you might see me behind a microphone at future tournaments. I would certainly love to be involved in some way in the future and still continue to help raise the women’s profile as the women’s game is worth investing time into.

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Posted by Ben Pimm on (August 4, 2009, 12:11 GMT)

When I was a paperboy back in Timaru I met a man at the mountaiview village that knew a thing or two about cricket. He went on to show me a picture posing with a bunch of young female cricketers, yourself included. Turns out he coached Timaru Girls High to many national tital victories and, though his name escapes me now, his pride when speaking about you gave me the desire to help womens sports players get the recognition, financially and through media coverage that they deserve. Lets hope these inequalities change soon. Well done on a fantastic career, reading these comments will hopefully open peoples eyes to the amazing talent out there.

Posted by Nain Abidi on (April 13, 2009, 11:07 GMT)

hey haidee its been pleasure meeting u in recent worldcup we had a blast with u n ur team,thanks for being so supportive to us!! we will miss u surely...may God bless u in ur new missions ... BEst of LUCK! NAIN ABIDI

Posted by John Purdie on (April 11, 2009, 6:30 GMT)

Haidee, from all the girls and parents at Christchurch Junior Cricket Association and Halswell Junior Cricket, thank you so much for everything you have done for Womens and Girls Cricket. Your achievements, awesome sense of fun and love of the game have inspired us all and we hope that you will still be involved with coaching the junior girls here in Christchurch. You rock and we will miss seeing your smiling face leading our National team. See you @ Lincoln in October..

Posted by Urooj Mumtaz Khan on (April 9, 2009, 9:05 GMT)

Hi, Haidee, you will surely be missed and remembered by all. You were an amazing player along with being a great ambassador for your country. but most of all a good human being and it is an honor for me to have met you, played with and spend some great times with you.

wishing you all the best in your life with your future endeavors. take care

Posted by Urooj Mumtaz Khan on (April 9, 2009, 9:01 GMT)

Hi, Haidee, you will surely be missed and remembered by all. You were an amazing player along with being a great ambassador for your country. but most of all a good human being and it is an honor for me to have met you, played with and spend some great times with you.

wishing you all the best in your life with your future endeavors. take care

Posted by Ananya Upendran on (April 8, 2009, 13:19 GMT)

Congratulations on a wonderful career! You've done a lot for women's cricket and it's been a pleasure watching you play! Good luck with everything you choose to do!

Posted by Ralph Zimmermann on (April 3, 2009, 15:22 GMT)

Congratulations on a great career! Many great games and great knocks to cherish in the memory.

Your uplifting mix of enthusiasm, optimism and determination to help the women's game grow is wonderful to see - long may it continue!

Posted by astik on (April 3, 2009, 8:00 GMT)

all the best. i hope you get similar success in whatever you intend to do post-retirement

thanks for the treat that you served in the WC Semi Final.

Posted by Tim Jones on (April 3, 2009, 4:09 GMT)

All the best for your retirement, Haidee, though I'm sorry to see you go, and I hope that NZ's women cricketers will get the financial support they deserve from NZ Cricket. I enjoyed watching NZ play in the recent Women's World Cup, and though our performance in the final was a disappointment, you leave behind a team that is playing an exciting and aggressive brand of cricket. Good luck!

Posted by Ivy Robinson on (April 3, 2009, 4:05 GMT)

This is a really strong argument for giving our top women cricketers central contracts. It will encourage young players to stay in the game when they finish their studies and have to make a choice between job and cricket.

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