Nyx­ons go into bat for women’s cricket

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Women’s cricket in Nel­son has got a new team with a new name in 2019.

For the first time, Nel­son Cricket will boast a se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive women’s team to go along with the men.

At the Nel­son Cricket sea­son launch on Tues­day night, the Nel­son Nyx­ons were un­veiled as the new brand for women’s cricket in the re­gion.

Cho­sen by the play­ing group for the 2019 sea­son, the Nyx­ons are named af­ter the Greek god­dess Nyx, the winged god­dess of the night.

Team cap­tain Kate Stiven said the Nyx­ons was a sis­ter to the men’s Grif­fin mas­cot.

‘‘We tried to tie it in with the Grif­fin, be­ing a mytho­log­i­cal kind of thing as well. Ba­si­cally for us it rep­re­sents some­thing beau­ti­ful and pow­er­ful.’’

The team will com­pete in the Cen­tral Districts re­gional T20 tour­na­ment in Levin in Fe­bru­ary, along with a se­lec­tion of friendly fix­tures.

The play­ers will also have ac­cess to the same prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties and coach­ing team as the Nel­son men.

Stiven said while a Nel­son team was put to­gether last year to com­pete in one tour­na­ment, this was the first time they had been given the same re­sources as the men’s team.

‘‘There’s more of a path­way in the women’s game now, espe­cially for young girls com­ing through, they have some­thing to strive for,’’ Stiven said.

‘‘Be­sides the ac­tual game per­for­mances, we want to cre­ate a re­ally good en­vi­ron­ment to be part of.’’

Nel­son Cricket coach­ing man­ager Ryan Edwards said a longterm plan was be­ing set up for the suc­cess of the Nyx­ons.

‘‘We may have missed the boat a lit­tle bit to get many more fix­tures this year, but the idea was al­ways to de­velop the brand and iden­tity.

‘‘This year’s game re­sults are al­most ir­rel­e­vant, what we’re do­ing is putting some key things in place to en­sure in fol­low­ing years there’s the struc­ture and fund­ing that th­ese girls de­serve.’’

A new po­si­tion has also been ap­pointed to help the de­vel­op­ment of the women’s game, with Clau­dia Green be­ing ap­pointed as Nel­son Cricket’s fe­male cricket de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer.

Gen­eral man­ager David Leonard said the role would in­volve bring­ing more girls into the sport at the grass roots level, as well as sup­port­ing the Nyx­ons’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams.

Nel­son Cricket will be hold­ing a women’s day at Sax­ton Oval on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 14 from 10.30am2.30pm, for play­ers in­ter­ested in learn­ing about the game. White Fern Han­nah Rowe and Black Sticks Olympic Hockey rep­re­sen­ta­tive Anita McLaren will be help­ing out on the day. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ben Eder at ops@nel­son­cricket.org.nz

MARTIN DE RUYTER/STUFF

Anna Gag­ing, left, Kate Gag­ing and Kate Stiven are mem­bers of the newly-formed Nel­son Nyx­ons women’s cricket team.

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