Leongatha cricketer Maddison Cavigan of Nyora and Morwell player Ryley Reid of Traralgon enjoyed a training day at Koonwarra last weekend attended by, right, former Australian player Bryce McGain and, left, Gippsland cricket manager, Rob Wood.
CRICKET Victoria and its ‘Cricket Without Borders’ program is providing an opportunity for four local women to represent their country at a cricket tournament in Japan in June.
And they’re pretty excited about going.
Chelsea Moscript, who now plays with Dandenong, Tegan Lourens of Leongatha, Hannah Keily of the Inverloch Cricket Club and Rachel Brown of Korumburra who plays with Koonwarra-RSL; some of whom also turn out for the Leongatha in the Gippsland league, are on the tour.
Last Saturday, despite persistent showers, they had a training day at Koonwarra, with the other members of the touring group, where they were coached by two former Australian players; leg spinner Bryce McGain who played one test for Australia, in South Africa in 2009 and Sarah Elliott, also a leg spin bowler who has played three tests for her country.
Former Cricket Victoria CEO, Ken Jacobs will lead the tour.
“Cricket Without Borders’ is designed to provide opportunities for young girls aged 15 to 19, not only to further their cricketing careers but also to enhance their life skills generally and we jumped at the opportunity to take part in this East Asia-Pacific tournament in Japan in June,” Mr Jacobs said.
“They usually have six countries represented; Japan, New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Fiji but Fiji couldn’t go so they asked us. Ours will be a younger age team but it will be good experience all the same.
“The tournament is a qualifying stage for the World Cup so we won’t be eligible for that but we certainly plan to be competitive.”
As well as playing in a round-robin tournament, the players will enjoy several cultural opportunities as well.
“The CWB program was started in 2011 and since then we have toured to England and Singapore, and we also played in Darwin in 2013 in an event organised by the NTCA, taking the opportunity to visit local schools.”
The day was organised by Cricket Victoria’s regional manager Rob Wood.