Se­nior pair to men­tor younger play­ers

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

As the new cricket sea­son fast ap­proaches, fe­male play­ers at Rock­ing­ham Man­durah District Cricket Club are gear­ing up for what is sure to be a crack­ing sum­mer of com­pe­ti­tion.

In this sea­son’s play­ing group there will be un­der-15s, un­der-18s and women all play­ing and train­ing to­gether in the same side.

Ahead of the new cam­paign, the teams’ prospects have been boosted by the re­turn of ex­pe­ri­enced duo Mel Brit­ton and Brooke De Oliveira.

Both Brit­ton and De Oliveira will take on lead­er­ship roles and pro­vide younger play­ers with guid­ance and ad­vice through­out the sea­son.

Ahead of the sea­son, De Oliveira re­flected pos­i­tively on the grow­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in women’s sport, par­tic­u­larly in cricket.

“It has grown so much since when I be­gan,” De Oliveira said.

“When I started there was no girls’ league that was com­pet­i­tive, so you would play against other board­ing schools up near Perth — there was noth­ing down this way.

“You would al­ways have to play with a boys’ team — now there are so many more op­por­tu­ni­ties, it’s awe­some to see it grow.”

Brit­ton echoed De Oliveira’s sen­ti­ments, hav­ing pre­vi­ously played for boys’ teams at Halls Head as a young­ster when there were no other op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

The RMDCC women’s team start their sea­son against Melville at Lark Hill in Port Kennedy on Oc­to­ber 8. For more de­tails about lo­cal clubs, visit play­cricket.com.au.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Soniya Ya­dav, 15, Mel Brit­ton, Brooke De Oliveira and Su­man Ya­dav, 15, are gear­ing up for the new cricket sea­son.

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