Women’s cricket builds pace

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

ECHUCA women’s cricket team is on a mis­sion to grow the game in the twin towns.

Led by coach Christy O’Brien, the Echuca Cricket Club A grade side is host­ing a come-and-try day at the Vic­to­ria Park nets on Sun­day from 11.30am.

The aim of the come-and-try day is to boost the num­bers of the new com­pet­i­tive side at the Echuca CC, ahead of their inau­gu­ral Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

On Sun­day the group will have a hit in the nets and a chat about the up­com­ing sea­son, as well as as­sess num­bers for the first week­end’s play, slated for Oc­to­ber 13.

For the first time, the GMC has cre­ated a league solely for the de­vel­op­ment and com­pe­ti­tion of women in the area.

The new-look com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures seven teams, with the chance of an eighth be­ing in­cluded in the com­ing weeks.

The three lo­cal sides are Echuca, Leitchville-Gun­bower and Kyabram Fire Brigade. The other four are Shep­par­ton United CC, Nathalia CC, Maiden Gully Marist CC, and West Bendigo CC.

Ba­mawm Lock­ing­ton United CC are in the process of gain­ing enough reg­u­lar play­ers to en­ter a side to­gether to make it an eight-team com­pe­ti­tion.

GMC board mem­ber Paul Col­bert said he could not wait for the sea­son to get un­der way.

‘‘It’s a seven-team com­pe­ti­tion as of now, with LG con­firm­ing this morn­ing,’’ Col­bert said.

‘‘BLUCC are still sourc­ing num­bers, but with seven con­firmed al­ready there is a pos­si­bil­ity of an eighth.

‘‘It’s been an amaz­ing re­sponse, we were re­ally hop­ing to get four in the first sea­son and ex­pand as we went.

‘‘So to say we’d have this many in the first sea­son is amaz­ing, is an un­der­state­ment — we’re over the moon,’’ he said.

Col­bert said the finer de­tails were yet to be con­firmed, but it would most likely be a six-week com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘That would run un­til the 16th of De­cem­ber. All as­so­ci­a­tions are work­ing hard with their ju­nior girls at the mo­ment, which is great to see.

‘‘This com­pe­ti­tion will hope­fully mean there is a place for these other girls who can’t play in Mel­bourne just yet, and who would oth­er­wise be lost to the sport once they’re out of the ju­nior ranks.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is on the same wave­length which is great. The big fo­cus this year is on en­joy­ment and player re­ten­tion, the stan­dard will only in­crease in fu­ture years,’’ he said.

Luke He­mer

GIRL POWER: Is­abella Mirk­lis and Maddy Pearse are part of Ba­mawm-Lock­ing­ton Cricket Club’s push to es­tab­lish a women’s cricket side. Photo:

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