Club goes in to bat for girls

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LISA THOMAS

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d459189

Lucinda Egan (10), of Shenton Park, So­phie Baker (10) and Han­nah Hart (10), both of Wem­b­ley, are in the in­au­gu­ral un­der-13 girls team.

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