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SOUTH Aus­tralian women’s cricket is the big win­ner in Cricket Aus­tralia’s bold drive to win the hearts of young fe­male ath­letes over the next five years.

SA cricket will in­vest more than dou­ble the fund­ing in its Grow­ing Cricket for Girls strat­egy this up­com­ing sea­son, aim­ing for more than 48 new teams.

Twenty-three clubs and 35 schools will be granted fund­ing, de­liv­er­ing more than 100 teams in the Ade­laide Strik­ers Girls’ Cricket League, which will be gear­ing up for its big­gest and most com­pet­i­tive sum­mer yet. Ade­laide will also host the un­der-15 Fe­male Na­tional Cham­pi­onships next year from Jan­uary 17 to 23.

A state player for seven years, Nairn was a key player in the amal­ga­ma­tion of Aroha with the Sturt Hockey Club to form the Ade­laide Hockey Club in 1981.

With the home grounds at the south park­lands, the work done by Val and hus­band Alan on the grounds dur­ing the week is leg­endary.

In 2003 she co-wrote the book Hat Pins to Body­suits,a de­tailed record of the first 100 years of women’s hockey in South Aus­tralia.

He booted two goals in last week­end’s grand fi­nal to leave him on 99 for the sea­son.

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