Girls on the front foot
THE cricket season may be winding down but that is not stopping initiatives taking place to promote women’s cricket for next season.
Peel regional cricket manager Brodie Green wants to encourage more girls to get involved with local grassroots cricket, particularly from the 5-12 age groups.
The Peel Junior Cricket Association and local clubs are looking at ways to increase awareness and give girls opportunities to try cricket during the months leading into the season.
The initiative is to enable girls to develop their skills, love and passion for the game before they begin to take part in competitive junior club cricket.
“We are looking to provide more girls with an opportunity to play cricket in a girls-only format,” Green said.
“For the girls that are playing already, we are also big on ensuring the games and programs they are involved in are as much fun as possible.
“So far we have also had the chance to link some current (Western) Fury players and past players with the girls programs so the girls can start to understand the opportunities ahead of them.”
There is already a competitive league for female cricketers for girls aged 7-12 years and the summer season of the Peel Perth Scorchers Under-13s Girls League.
Green believed encouraging more females to play cricket would benefit WA and the Australian international cricket teams in the future.
“It will definitely help the high performance pathway as it will ensure that there are more girls to choose from,” he said.
Green also named a couple of players, part of the high performance pathway, to look out for in the future.
“Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club player Sienna Styles represented WA in the Under-13 School Girls Carnival and another Peel local, Georgia Wyllie, plays in Perth and has represented WA in the Under-18s National Carnival,” he said. Lucas da Paz