Cricket increasingly a girls’ game at Bateman Junior CC


Cricketers Sophie Jones, Phoebe Wardell-Johnson and Bella Welsh.
Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au   d471068
Cricketers Sophie Jones, Phoebe Wardell-Johnson and Bella Welsh. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au d471068

BATEMAN Junior Cricket Club is pulling out all the stops to ensure there is just as much opportunity for girls to pick up a bat or ball as there is for boys.

The club first introduced a girls team in 2013, with the side going on to win a trifecta of premierships that season.

Last year Bateman JCC fielded two Under-15 teams in the Perth Scorchers Girls League and the club has received a further Cricket Australia grant to add at least one Under-13 side in 2017-18.

Bateman JCC female co-ordinator Fiona Reed said nearly 30 girls played for the club last season and that it was determined to grow that number by at least 50 per cent this summer.

“The camaraderie within our girls teams has been fantastic,” she said.

“Girls approach cricket in a different way to the boys and we see cartwheels in the outfield and plenty of dance moves between overs, as well as a lot of high fiving and plenty of after game team social events.

“At the same time, they take the game somewhat seriously and love to have a win.

“There are also plenty of opportunities for girls that want to progress down the high performance pathway to receive the encouragement and assistance they need.”

Mrs Reed said the recent introduction of the Women’s Big Bash League meant the game was quickly becoming viewed as just as much a sport for girls as it is for boys.

She said there were also misconceptions around how long the game takes to complete, with Perth Scorchers Girls League fixtures for Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 sides played on a Saturday morning and usually taking about two hours.

Registrations for the 2017-18 season open in August and anybody interested in playing for Bateman JCC can email Fiona at fionareed@hotmail.com.

For other clubs in the region visit playcricket.com.au or scorchersgirls.wa.cricket.com.au.

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