Opportunities for girls to excel in cricket, have been taken to new levels across the Highlands.
A new, all girls competition called, ‘Thunder Cup’ is being held in Illawarra, South Coast,
Shoalhaven, South East, ACT and the Southern Highlands.
Matches played in Bowral last weekend were met with success and more matches are set to be played at towns and centres across the representative regions through to early February.
Girls aged from 11 to 14 participated in breakthrough competition.
Over 50 girls have been assigned to their territorial team.
The four new teams are named the Illawarra Flames, Shoalhaven Invitational XI, South Coast Crew and ACT Aces.
It’s intended that teams will each play in as many as twelve T20 matches over the competition period.
With a incentive on competition, matches are primarily an opportunity to develop skills and familiarise women with more advanced aspects of cricket. Along with specialist coaches on hand to guide and mentor.
This is the brainchild of Cricket NSW’s Coach and Talent Specialist Steve Davies, with support from the Greater Illawarra Cricket Zone, Cricket ACT and experienced local coaches and team managers.
“With interest in women’s cricket growing across Australia and globally, it’s important to give girls similar development opportunities as boys at the community level,” Steve said.
“Girls of this age wanting to play cricket have usually slotted into boys’ teams, so it’s an exciting turning point when we can showcase exclusive girl’s teams.”
The teams are being coached by Ty Barton, Craig Bramble, David Horsfall and Brett Mark.
“The feedback from everyone at the inaugural matches in The Southern Highlands has been tremendous,” Ty Barton said.
“This is an historic step forward for girls’ cricket across the local regions.”