STARS IG­NITE BOX OF­FICE

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

WITH the ink barely dried on their record con­tract deals, Aus­tralia’s women’s crick­eters have fi­nally been given the re­spect they de­serve at the box of­fice.

For the first time in his­tory, tick­ets are be­ing sold to stand- alone matches in a move which prop­erly show­cases the worth of the women’s game in the dawn of their sud­denly pro­fes­sional era.

De­spite Ell­yse Perry be­ing one of the best sports­peo­ple in the coun­try, never be­fore have Aus­tralians had to pay to watch her tal­ents.

But yes­ter­day tick­ets went on sale for the women’s Ashes se­ries start­ing in Oc­to­ber, cor­rect recog­ni­tion at last for the qual­ity of cricket the South­ern Stars have con­sis­tently pro­duced over many years.

Tick­ets are rea­son­ably priced at $ 10 for adults, $ 5 con­ces­sion and free en­try for kids — with two bucks from ev­ery seat sold go­ing to char­ity — but it’s the prin­ci­ple of no longer un­der­valu­ing women’s cricket which is the im­por­tant mes­sage.

The South­ern Stars will play three ODIs, three Twen­ty20s as well as one his­toric daynight Test at North Syd­ney Oval against Eng­land, with 1300 tick­ets al­ready sold.

Aus­tralian star Alex Black­well be­lieves pay­ing for tick­ets will ac­tu­ally prompt more fans to put bums on seats.

“We’ve seen the WBBL be a huge suc­cess and every­one wants to watch it, es­pe­cially on their TVs,” Black­well said.

“( Sell­ing tick­ets) I think makes peo­ple go out and ac­tu­ally lock it into their cal­en­dar and that’s a re­ally good thing. It ac­tu­ally brings more peo­ple in.”

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