Phoebe a first for Broth­ers

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EMER­ALD Broth­ers Cricket Club has proudly an­nounced its first se­nior fe­male player as 17-year-old Phoebe Mur­phy joins the squad and pre­pares for a game against Rolle­ston in a grand fi­nal re-match to­mor­row.

Lyn Brown, Emer­ald Broth­ers Cricket Club sec­re­tary, said Mur­phy was an ideal role model who has “proven that any­thing is pos­si­ble”.

“Phoebe started play­ing ju­nior cricket sev­eral years ago when she was com­ing along to games and train­ing watch­ing her brother Kelly play,” Brown said.

“One day she was in­vited to have a try and fell in love with the game. Phoebe’s con­sid­er­able abil­ity has seen her progress to play for Capri­cor­nia and in in­vi­ta­tional games and the Jess Jonassen tro­phy day in Mackay.”

Brown said there were about four girls in the club’s ju­nior ranks, and the num­ber of women play­ing was in­creas­ing. She said a woman had also played for Dysart two sea­sons ago.

“So, it’s grow­ing. Phoebe used to be cap­tain of a ju­nior team. We’re hop­ing she’ll get a sneaky wicket or two,” she said.

“We are still try­ing to push the ranks of the girls in our ju­niors. We hope with the T20 Blast on Friday nights we’ll get more girls come along. If we have enough to have a full all-girls team at T20 Blast we aim to do that.

“Our aim is also to try and field an all-girls team next year in U11s.”

Over­all this sea­son, the club has 20 ju­nior teams and seven se­nior teams play­ing across the re­gion.

Brown said the Cen­tral High­lands had also adopted new ju­nior for­mats be­ing in­tro­duced across the coun­try which meant chil­dren would play on grounds with shorter pitches, smaller bound­aries and with fewer field­ers clog­ging the game.

“Play­ers will progress to full-sized adult’s pitch – with 11 play­ers – af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in two de­vel­op­ment stages: the un­der 10/11s and the un­der 12/13s,” she said.

Emer­ald Broth­ers are also the first club in the High­lands to of­fer the Milo T20 Blast start­ing to­day at the Emer­ald Show­grounds from 4pm-5.30pm.

Brown said T20 Blast was an 8-10-week pro­gramme for 7-12-year-olds, of­fer­ing “a su­per fun, quick for­mat” based on the Big Bash League.

“It is an hour-and-a-half of non-stop fun, games, mu­sic, and skills,” she said.

The pop­u­lar six-week Lep­rechauns pro­gram for chil­dren aged 4-7 re­turns to­day and will be at the Show­grounds from 4pm-5pm, with sign-on from 3pm-3.30pm. The cost is $30.

For more in­for­ma­tion on join­ing a lo­cal club there, places re­main in u11, u13 and u16.

Log on to play­cricket.com.au for de­tails, or to reg­is­ter for T20 Blast (lim­ited places avail­able).

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG AN­NOUNCE­MENT: Phoebe Mur­phy with Jemma Barsby: Mur­phy has joined the Emer­ald Brothrs Cricket Club as its first se­nior fe­male player.

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