By Sam Watson
A GIRLS’ cricket season will officially take place in the Leongatha and District Cricket Association this summer.
Clubs and league board members met on Wednesday night with new Gippsland cricket manager Emma Gallagher to discuss the possibility of a 2021/22 season.
At the meeting, it was decided the league would go ahead with an under 15 and an over 15 girls’ competition which will run for about eight to 10 weeks, starting in November.
So far Inverloch, Korumburra and Phillip Island have all indicated they will have a chance to get their own sides’ together if there’s enough interest.
LDCA newcomers Nyora had a girls’ team two years ago, and they’re also hoping they can get a side on the field.
And there’s also a team in Warragul that are looking for a game so the league may try to incorporate them along the way.
Last summer the association and their girls cricket subcommittee ran three games between Inverloch and the LDCA All-stars, and it was a huge success.
Dave Hynes will remain on the sub-committee as president for the upcoming season and he said they’re always looking for more help.
Adam Sincair, Louanne Sinclair, Jackie Newman and Melissa Whelan will all continue their roles on the sub-committee.
One of the key points in Wednesday night’s discussion was the guarantee that all girls would still be aligned to their home clubs.
If there is not enough interest for an individual club to field a side, some clubs will have to merge but each girl will continue wearing their original clubs’ colours on the field.
The LDCA has also received grants from Cricket Victoria and the state government to help promote girls’ cricket and participation in the sport.
To help with the promotion, they’ll be running training sessions in the indoor nets at Korumburra in the near future.
They will also help run coaching clinics for females to take part in as they’re trying to have females coaching females where possible.
LDCA president John Schelling said the league is looking forward to taking the next step.
“It’s great to promote physical and social activity amongst all local girls,” Schelling said.
“Not only is it good to have them playing sport but we see females as great administrators, as well as great to have socially around your club.”
“It’ll be good to have a lot more of that, instead of it being a male-dominated sport which it has been for more than 100 years.”
Dave Hynes said the sub-committee wanted to plan the season as if there was no threat of COVID-19 derailing it.
“If we sit and wait to see what happens, we may not get anything done,” Hynes said.
“We’re going to promote it and prepare full steam ahead as though the season is going to go ahead.”
More information on the season will be available soon.