Bowral Cricket Club players got a lesson from rising stars recently.
Cricketers Naomi Stalenberg and Jason Sangha visited Bradman Oval on August 6, and taught Bowral players a few skills at the training nets. In addition to this, Stalenberg and Sangha visited the Bradman Museum and paid homage to Sir Donald Bradman’s final resting place.
The visit was a part of Cricket NSW’s country blitz program. The program sees players from the NSW Blues and Breakers as well as Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder players travel throughout the state, visiting schools and community groups.
The Blitz is part of Cricket NSW’s ongoing support of the sport in regional NSW and the ACT, and aims to increase participation at a grassroots level.
Up-and-coming Bowral cricket player Charlotte Menzies also spent time with Bowral Cricket Club and gave them tips to improve their game. Bowral Cricket Club’s Jodi Cooper said the team was happy to have the opportunity to improve their skills.
“It was a really great day, they were excited to spend time with the kids,” Cooper said.
“They were impressed the kids were down at the nets in the middle of winter.”
Cooper said the girls in the club received one-on-one mentoring from Stalenberg and Menzies.
“The girls spent a lot of time with some of the younger girls. In particular Caitlin Appleyard, who is showing a lot of potential,” Cooper said. “They were pretty impressed with her batting and how well she looked for a kid that hasn’t played [a competition].”
Mentorship contributes to a growing participation for females in the club.
“The girls get really excited. They feel they could develop their skills and become a player one day,” Cooper said. “Each week we’re getting more girls attending.”
Registrations are now open for Bowral Cricket Club for the coming season.
The team trains every Monday, with the season starting in October and representative trials at the end of August and the beginning of September.
Visit playcricket.com.au and search for Bowral Cricket Club to sign up to the club.