Focus on further growth of sport in MW
Mid West cricket stakeholders actively participated in a forum headlined by Cricket Australia and the West Australian Cricket Association on Tuesday evening.
Held at Mid West Sportshouse, the forum gave local coaches, players and officials the opportunity to gain insight into how cricket is progressing across a multitude of portfolios at State and national levels.
Once the formal component of the forum had concluded, attendees formed groups and expressed their views on the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for cricket in the Mid West.
Mid West Cricket Board chairman Gerard Marquis opened proceedings and said he was excited about the coming season across all levels.
“Numbers are really strong,” he said. “We’ve held pretty well there. We’ve got eight teams in the under-12s, which we’ve changed to the new Cricket Australia gameplay structures.
“That’s nine-a-side, so that means there is upwards of 70 or 80 cricketers involved there, which is really exciting with strong numbers in that age group.”
Mr Marquis said plans were in place to strengthen the development of female cricket in the region. “We’ve got some girls in development programs in Perth at the moment who are going really well,” he said.
“And we are looking to start up an under-15s female competition, which would start in first term of school next year.”
WACA chief executive Christina Matthews addressed a variety of topics — from the changing focus of cricket’s matchday experience to Geraldton’s future at hosting large-scale cricket events.
“As you know, we are bringing the 2017/2018 Toyota Australia Country Championships to Geraldton in January,” she told the audience. “And we are talking to local government authorities about how we can bring more events to Geraldton — and making it a bit of a hub. Bringing either one-day domestic games or women’s national league games as well, so we are working with local government on that.”
WACA game development and marketing general manager Jo Davies outlined several development-based priorities which have been streamlined nationally and provided some insight into the WACA’s process of assisting with the growth of female cricket throughout WA.