Olive Leslie 

Olive Leslie has become the first female member of the WACA's Gallery of Greats. 

Leslie was a steady all-rounder widely regarded as the best cricketer in the State either side of World War II.

Leslie captained WA in every match from 1936 to 1952 during an era when female players had to pay their own way and organise their own matches.

The highlight of her career came in 1948 when she captained an Australian XI side against England at the WACA Ground.

But her greatest impact came as a tireless cricket enthusiast who helped form the inaugural WA Women’s Cricket Association in 1930 and then reformed and revitalised the organisation after the war.

Leslie coached WA for 12 years following her retirement and was a state selector for a quarter of a century and national selector for five years.


Olive Leslie | WA Player, Coach, Administrator

Jo Angel

A towering fast bowler standing 200cm tall, Jo Angel was the State’s leading Sheffield Shield wicket-taker with 419 when he retired in 2004.

Selfless and wholehearted Angel was WA’s first picked player for more than a decade.

A short career of just four Tests and 10 wickets did not do justice to Angel’s impact as a paceman who became the most reliable into-the-wind bowler of his generation.

Angel started alongside 1980s stars Terry Alderman and Bruce Reid and led the WA attack for more than a decade during a career that saw him win Shield titles in his first season in 1991-92, then in 1997-98 and the season after.

Angel claimed 94 wickets in 74 outings in One Day cricket and won two of the six finals during WA’s golden run in the limited-overs format.


Jo Angel | Player