New path­ways giv­ing girls a sport­ing chance

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH Scorchers and South Perth Cricket Club pace ace Piepa Cleary says new na­tional foot­ball and net­ball leagues for women are a ma­jor boost for ju­nior ath­letes.

De­spite the Scorchers, Western Fury and South Perth crick­eter pre­fer­ring Aus­tralia’s favourite sum­mer sport, Cleary said any­thing that gets girls onto a play­ing field was a pos­i­tive.

“There’s a heap of op­tions and path­ways now, which is a re­ally good thing. Hope­fully this will get more girls into sport,” she said.

While plenty of at­ten­tion has been shone on other sports, girls cricket is also boom­ing.

Fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion leapt 27 per cent in 2015-16 to 52,000 play­ers in WA.

That is set to in­crease again with ad­di­tional fund­ing help­ing to ex­pand ju­nior fe­male teams in WA to 50.

“With cricket, we want girls to come down and pos­si­bly fol­low it through the path­ways,” Cleary said.

“But if they’re not sure they want to take it that far, then they can play just to have fun.”

The 20-year-old said the suc­cess of the Women’s Big Bash League, and T20 cricket in gen­eral, was en­cour­ag­ing more girls to give the sport a go.

“We go out to schools now and the girls all know who the Scorchers are,” she said.

Perth Scorchers bowler Piepa Cleary with Car­alee Com­mu­nity School stu­dents Jade Halliday, Ro­manika Noun and Kaylen Caru­ana.

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