Centurions make pitch for girls to join

Joondalup District Cricket Club’s women’s team celebrating grand final day.
Joondalup District Cricket Club’s women’s team celebrating grand final day.

The club is the only B-grade female club cricket team in the northern suburbs and hopes to offer a junior team for girls aged 12 and over.

‘I believe there is demand for women’s cricket in the northern suburbs, and we want to let women know that we have a club that is supportive of women’s cricket here at Joondalup,’ female club development officer Zoe Hartman said.

‘Cricket is very much a team sport, so for young players, it gives them the grounds to learn a lot of interpersonal skills such as acceptance of other people with different backgrounds and abilities, patience and perseverance with making runs and getting opponents out.’

Last season, the team’s players ranged in age from 14 to 49, with its youngest members Shenae Reichelt (17) and Lauren Styles-Lambert (14) showing enormous talent.

Shenae is part of the Rising Fury State development squad and recently won a WACA scholarship, while Lauren plans to try out for the WA under 15s girls’ team, but both girls have had to find different clubs for the 2014-15 season.

‘Lauren will be playing in the under 18s competition for Wembley Downs this season as Joondalup DCC is unable to offer a junior team to accommodate this up and coming young cricketer,’ Ms Hartman said.

‘So, we are keen to have a junior team and looking for interest from females aged 12 and up and hopefully JDCC will have more young players going through to State squads and the Rising Fury.’

Interested junior cricketers can email zoe0475@hotmail.