Girls open in­nings


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

GIRLS will step up to the crease when the South Perth Cricket Club (SPCC) hosts its first open day just for women.

The open day for girls un­der 18 years old will be held on Septem­ber 3 at the Ernest John­son Oval, with SPCC mem­bers and Perth Scorchers play­ers play­ers Piepa Cleary and Katie Hartshorn lead­ing

the ses­sion. The open day re­flects the pop­u­lar­ity of women’s cricket fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the Women’s Big Bash League last sum­mer. Cleary (20) has been play­ing for the club since she was 14 years old and has rep­re­sented not only the Scorchers but also Aus­tralia’s na­tional women’s team, the Shoot­ing Stars. She said the open day would be an op­por­tu­nity for the girls to try their hand at a num­ber of cricket skills. “We will have the nets so that peo­ple can bowl and bat and there will also be some field­ing drills too,” she said.

“Usu­ally we have three sides, an A-grade side, a B-grade side and an un­der-18 team too, but this year we are push­ing for an­other un­der-18 team.

“I think girls are see­ing how ex­cit­ing the game is and how there are more op­por­tu­ni­ties for fe­male crick­eters; it’s a great sport.”

Cleary said when she started play­ing cricket as a

young­ster she never knew that op­por­tu­ni­ties would open up for fe­males. “I only knew about play­ing state cricket but now it’s amaz­ing to be paid as a pro­fes­sional,” she said. “To see where it’s gone in a short pe­riod of time, it’s ex­tremely ex­cit­ing and peo­ple are be­ing drawn to the game. “There’s a lot of tal­ent in women’s cricket – even at our club we have a few state play­ers in our Agrade and un­der-18 teams.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d458612

South Perth Cricket Club’s Katie Hartshorn, Piepa Cleary and Melissa Cameron.

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