Club goes in to bat for girls
WEMBLEY Districts Junior Cricket Club is breeding the next generation of female cricket champions with the debut of its latest team.
The club will showcase its under13 team next month. Team members aim to bowl over their competition and are encouraging young female players to join the sport.
Coach Joanne Fredrickson said after watching her son and husband play and coach, she put her hand up when her daughter showed an interest in the game.
Ms Fredrickson said cricket was changing from the male-dominated stereotype and more women were joining the game.
“The first year we ran the girls only competition we had about 20 girls, the next year around 40 and now we will have an under-13s team, the existing under-15s and under18s, plus those already playing with the boys – we now have girls in all possible pathways,” she said.
“Having the women’s Scorchers last year was a great boost for the girls; they can see where it could lead.”
Joanne encouraged other women and mothers to get involved and support young female cricketers.
“Lots of mums want to help but worry the rules are too complicated. Our girls need us now, so I would say take up the opportunities provided by the clubs and the WACA and start learning,” she said.
Sophie Baker (10) will play her first game of junior cricket next month after playing in the girl’s only T20 Blast competition last year.
The under-13 team member said she liked the sport because it was unique.
“I like how cricket takes practise and you really need to work on your own skills,” she said.
“It is more popular with the boys and they assume the girls won’t be any good and it’s fun to prove them wrong sometimes.”
Sophie encouraged other young girls to give cricket a go.
“Cricket is a fun sport and it is good to be able to join in when everyone is playing,” she said. “Being in a team is great.” The WACA hosted Perth Scorchers Girls Celebration Week last week.
Lucinda Egan (10), of Shenton Park, Sophie Baker (10) and Hannah Hart (10), both of Wembley, are in the inaugural under-13 girls team.