Cricket: more than 100 girls now playing for Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club

More than 100 girls have registered to play for the Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club this season.
More than 100 girls have registered to play for the Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club this season.

WEMBLEY Districts Junior Cricket Club has registered more than 100 young girls to the club, more than triple the number of participants from the season before.

Female co-ordinator Margie Oldfield said the number of girls at the club was the result of hard work.

“I think the reason why girls weren’t playing cricket previously is because they didn’t realise there was an opportunity to do so,” Oldfield said.

“We have worked hard as a club to provide more and more opportunities for girls to play cricket.

“Reaching 120 registrations is the result snowball effect I think.

“The more girls that sign up, they then tell their friends to sign up too, and it is only going to be great for women’s cricket going forward.”

Wembley has produced the WA under-15 state captain as well as the under-18’s state vice-captain.

However, Oldfield said although producing international cricketers would be great, her focus was closer to home.

“I’d much rather see 100 kids playing community sport than one kid playing for Australia, having said that, it would be awesome if we could do both,” she said.

“For me and my committee, it’s more about getting as many young girls involved in community sport as possible.

“We take pride in not only producing good cricketers but good young women as well.”

Wembley has also provided a full-time specialist coach to further improve the girls’ skills, with several parents even seeking extra sessions for their child.

Several mums have also achieving their level one coaching accreditation.

“We secured a specialist coach for the girls to do some upskilling in preseason, to give the girls a head start heading into the season,” Oldfield said.

“That has seemed to inspire some of our mums to get their coaching accreditation which has been fantastic, and is a credit to the environment we have created at Wembley.”

The club recently received a CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship, including $4000 over two years and cricket gear and merchandise.