Although the night was a little wet, the turn out of beginner, intermediate and advanced girls showed the need for a local junior competition and was well supported by family members, coaches and league official.

By Tom McNish

AHEAD of the planned 2021 U/16s female cricket competition, the LDCA held their first come and try session for girls and women, in Wonthaggi on Wednesday night.

Cricket for girls and women is a shared focus of the Leongatha District Cricket Association and Cricket Victoria, with plans to boost the game locally in coming years.

The evening was well organised with a shared vision between coaches, league officials and female players all setting a comfortable beginning for new female cricketers.

For Heidi Driscoll Wednesday night’s training was her first time in the nets.

“I’ve always liked playing cricket with dad, but this is my first time putting on the pads,” Heidi said.

Heidi was shown the ropes by Glen Alvie cricketer, Gaby Hynes.

“We’ve never really had girls cricket locally, so it’s great to open those doors and to use these fantastic new facilities,” Gaby said.

Gaby was practicing in the nets and was a great avenue for advice for others.

“The coaches are welcoming to all skill levels, and it’s nice to help other girls give cricket a go,” she said.

Cricket manager at Cricket Vic, Emma Gallagher is passionate about growing an opportunities for girls and women to play cricket.

“It’s a priority for us [Cricket Vic] building girls and women’s cricket,” Gallagher said.

“We want to provide an opportunity for ladies and it’s something we’re all here to support,” she said.

The girls were coached by the legendary former Australian and English female cricket coach John Harmers.

“The success of the Australian women’s cricket team has inspired a growing legion of women and girls to take up the sport. We’re making sure women and men, and girls and boys of all abilities have the facilities and leadership they need,” Harmers said.

The aim is to create an  U/16s competition with at least four teams who will play each other in a round robin competition on a Sunday over the months of January and February 2021 in the region.

 

Former coach for the Australian and English female cricket sides John Harmer coached on the come and try night, with the organisation of Cricket Vic Emma Gallagher and the LDCA president John Schelling.

Future dates:

Wonthaggi Football ground training nets:

Wednesday November 18, 4:30pm – 6pm

Wednesday November 25, 4:30pm – 6pm

 

Leongatha Imperial Cricket Club training nets:

Friday November 20, 4:30pm – 6pm

Friday November 27, 4:30pm – 6pm

 

For more information contact David Hynes, 0429 236 718, or, Adam Sinclair, 0459 515 772.