Girls on the front foot

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

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

Ge­or­gia Wyl­lie

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