THE cricket season may be winding down but that is not stopping initiatives taking place to promote women’s cricket for next season.
Peel regional cricket manager Brodie Green wants to encourage more girls to get involved with local grassroots cricket, particularly from the 5-12 age groups.
The Peel Junior Cricket Association and local clubs are looking at ways to increase awareness and provide girls with the opportunities to try cricket during the months leading into the season.
The initiative is to allow girls to develop their skills, love and passion for the game before they begin to take part in competitive junior club cricket.
“We are looking to provide more girls with an opportunity to play cricket in a girl’s only format,” Green said.
“For the girls that are playing already, we are also big on ensuring the games and programs they are involved in are as much fun as possible.
“So far, we have also had the chance to link some current (Western) Fury players and past players with the girls programs so the girls can start to understand the opportunities ahead of them.”
There is already a competitive league for female cricketers for girls aged 7-12 years and the summer season of the Peel Perth Scorchers Under-13s Girls League with the grand final to that league concluding this weekend.
The four teams in the summer season included White Knights Baldivis, Secret Harbour Dockers, Singleton Irwinians and the merged club Mandurah/South Mandurah Junior Cricket Club.
Green believed encouraging more females to play cricket would benefit WA and the Australian international cricket teams in the future.
“It will definitely help the high performance pathway as it will ensure that there are more girls to choose from,” he said.
“It will also mean that competition for spots will increase meaning the standard below the high performance will increase.”
Green also named a couple of players, part of the High Performance pathway, to look out for in the future.
“Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club player Sienna Styles represented WA in the Under-13 School Girls Carnival and another Peel local, Georgia Wyllie, plays in Perth and has represented WA in the Under-18s National Carnival,” he said.
Cricket season for girls next season commences in October, with recruitment for clubs taking place in August through the National Recruitment Campaign.