Bletchley Park Primary girls’ cricket team play T20 Blast final on MCG


The Year 5 and 6 Bletchley Park PS girls’ cricket team with coaches Jackie Freckelton and Clint McNerney. Picture: Jon Hewson
The Year 5 and 6 Bletchley Park PS girls’ cricket team with coaches Jackie Freckelton and Clint McNerney. Picture: Jon Hewson

BLETCHLEY Park Primary School cricketers have had the opportunity of a lifetime to play on MCG.

The Year 5 and 6 girls’ cricket team the Bletchley Blasters came runners up to Victorian school Brighton Beach Primary School at the final as part of the T20 Blast School Cup.

In March, girls from Years 5 and 6 went through a selection process in order to be part of the team.

The team played against other schools as part of the T20 Blast School Cup and eventually won the state finals on the WACA Ground where they defeated Wembley Primary School.

Sports teacher Clint McNerney said it was a quick turn around having had to fly out on the weekend and play on Monday, December 5 and return to school that week.

In Melbourne, the side won the three games, which saw them advance to the grand final.

Mr McNerney said it was a once in a lifetime experience for the students.

“It’s been an amazing achievement and for the school to be on the big stage on the interstate event,” he said.

“The girls were undefeated the whole way through and won all our other carnivals.”

He said the journey originally started by just trying to get more girls into playing cricket.

“What I have done is try to saturate cricket for girls, it is mainly a male dominated sport,” he said.

“Each of girls has come from different sports and we have state netballers in the team.

“These girls have come together to play a sport that they have never played before.”

The team

Lily Anderson

Caylen Crook

Amber Harding

Carly Harris

Jessica Mackay

Rebecca McGrath

Amelie Miller

Ava Niehus

Jaeda Ritchie

Portia Watt-Taulaguau

Leah Houston