Nine out of 10 clubs have women’s teams

Northern Power Women’s Team

CRICKET –

Australian Cricket has released the fourth edition of the Press for Progress report and it is heavily supported by Cricket NSW’s powerful commitment to growing the involvement of women and girls in the sport.

The Press for Progress Report reflects Australian Cricket’s commitment to being openly accountable in its progression towards becoming Australia’s leading sport for women and girls.

The 2020-21 season was one of cricket’s most challenging season to date with the unprecedented COVD-19 pandemic causing disruption across many areas of the game, but CNSW still took some significant steps forward in the growth of involvement for women and girls.

On the Coast, Central Coast Cricket have a full female pathway from Junior Blasters through to Womens cricket.

They also saw a 27 per cent increase in senior women players and are on track to see a further increase of 25 percent in the coming season.

There was a 31 per cent increase in junior girls playing cricket, with an expected increase of 30 per cent in the upcoming season.

In addition to this, nine of the 10 Central Coast Cricket Clubs are fielding a female team, and majority of the clubs have females as part of the club committees and boards.

Toukley based Northern Power Cricket Club player, Crystal Osborne said that she was approached by the club to form a women’s team four years ago.

“I started off playing with The Entrance Juniors.

“Back then there was nowhere for women to play.

“Four years ago, I was approached by the President of Northern Power, and he asked me to put together to come and play.

“Now we have about 60 women playing cricket from the juniors to the seniors.

“The best part about it is how inclusive the game is, you play against women of all ages, and all fitness levels, its really is a game for everyone.

“For anyone thinking of signing up I would say just come and join.

“What I love about cricket is the positive encouragement you get from everyone regardless of whether your on the same team or the opposition.

“It’s a really supportive and fun environment.

Registrations for the new season are open now with information of clubs and programs at playcricket.com.au.

Starting dates for the new season are yet to be announced.

Harry Mulholland

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