Fe­male game on a good wicket

PLAYER SURGE AMONG GIRLS

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

WITH the weather set to heat up, Fremantle and Melville girls are grab­bing their bats, balls, pads and cricket whites and head­ing to sub­ur­ban pitches in the new Scorchers Girls Cricket League.

Al­ways a pop­u­lar sport among lo­cal boys, cricket has seen a surge in fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion as the Women’s Big Bash League grows in pop­u­lar­ity.

So much so, East Fremantle, Bic­ton, Bate­man, Leem­ing and Melville cricket clubs have all signed up for new com­pe­ti­tion.

East Fremantle Ju­nior Cricket Club’s Craig By­ron said they had pre­vi­ously given lo­cal girls the chance to play in mixed teams, but that this was a great op­por­tu­nity for them to have their own com­pe­ti­tion.

“The club has al­ways been an ad­vo­cate for fos­ter­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for girls to have greater in­volve­ment in cricket and pro­vid­ing a path­way for any girls in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in ju­nior cricket com­pe­ti­tions,” he said.

“It is fan­tas­tic to have the sup­port of the WACA and their devel­op­ment of­fi­cers to pro­mote in lo­cal schools and the com­mu­nity the var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions girls are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate in and launch­ing the in­au­gu­ral Perth Scorchers Girls Cricket League this sea­son.

“The fo­cus for the team is first and fore­most on hav­ing fun, de­vel­op­ing their skills and build­ing on friend­ships and judg­ing by their en­thu­si­asm at train­ing they will be try­ing their best and I'm sure they will have much suc­cess and en­joy­ment this sea­son.”

Bic­ton Ju­nior Cricket Club coach Ben Fin­lay said they were ex­cited to be a part of the new league.

“This is our first sea­son which we have a ded­i­cated un­der-age girl’s team,” he said.

“We have had girls in­volved in the grass­roots MILO In-2-Cricket (5-7 years) and MILO T20Blast (7-11 years) pro­grams for many years, but we are now de­vel­op­ing a path­way through to se­nior cricket.

“Our in­au­gu­ral un­der-13 team has five girls from Bic­ton play­ing along­side five girls from Leem­ing in an ini­tial com­bined side and the girls are ab­so­lutely thrilled that they can play a game which they all love so much in a very pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.”

Regis­tra­tions are still open for girls who want to join a team.

Visit www.scorchers­girls.wa.cricket.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d460276

Bic­ton Ju­nior Cricket Club mem­ber Tamsyn An­der­son (12).

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