AFTER Simone Northcott’s daughter Nicole (14) reached an age when the boys she was playing with were growing more muscles, she knew it was time to create a girls-only team.
The Ascot Angels cricket team was born from the mixed gender Ascot Eagles, which played at Middleton Park in Cloverdale.
“I needed to get a girls team for my daughter, she was playing on boys teams and they were getting bigger,” club president Northcott said.
“The timing was right and Cricket Australia is trying to make cricket the number one sport for girls.
“We managed to find some girls from around the place, our coach Dave knew some girls that wanted to play.
“The girls were playing in the Scorchers Girls Cricket League under 15s, they play with a hard ball and all the gear but they are playing 20 over innings and it’s all over in two hours.”
The team was also supported by Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe and her sister East Metropolitan MLC Samantha Rowe through a $500 donation for their shirts.
“We had applied for a grant but it fell through, the girls had designed the shirts and they looked fantastic,” Northcott said.
“The club had then paid for them but it was really great for Cassie and Samantha to step in.
“The season is over and although we didn’t win a lot, some of the girls had never held a cricket bat before but they were developing and taking wickets and catches.
“They really enjoyed playing in a girls-only competition.”