Crick­eters want more women to play

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Tyler Ma­her

Stacey Loth­ian hopes more women can be­gin to fol­low in her foot­steps.

The avid crick­eter, who has been play­ing the game since she was 12, lined up for Toolamba’s White­lock Shield E-grade side on Satur­day with two good friends be­side her.

Tamika Lang­man and LeahMan­son also took on the­men as the trio played in a se­nior team to­gether for the first time.

‘‘There’s no women’s cricket league in the area, so we have to play with the blokes, but we have fun do­ing it,’’ Loth­ian said.

‘‘I think there’s a cou­ple of women at Shepparton United in the se­niors, but oth­er­wise we’re about it.’’

Toolamba fell to Pine Lodge in the sea­son-open­ing clash, but the trio cer­tainly en­joyed the game and hope more women can put their hand up to play the sport.

‘‘We’re hop­ing that more girls come out and join us,’’ Loth­ian said.

‘‘We’re al­ways look­ing for more play­ers, whether they’re girls or blokes, and we’re a real de­vel­op­ment team in E-grade.’’

With mo­men­tum grow­ing for a stand­alone women’s team in the re­gion, Loth­ian is all for it.

‘‘The as­so­ci­a­tion is re­ally push­ing to get a women’s comp up and run­ning, as well as look­ing to get an open-age team in E-grade to play against the men next year,’’ she said.

‘‘It will be a good step­ping stone for th­ese ju­nior girls to play in an open-age side.’’

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