Bid to establish women’s cricket team

The Traralgon and District Cricket Association has put out the call for women interested in trying their hand at one of Australia’s number one summer sports in its bid to field a side in this year’s Gippsland Cricket League competition.

The TDCA will host a meet and greet and training night at Traralgon Indoor Sports Centre tomorrow at 6pm.

Tomorrow’s meeting marks the second time the group has trained together.

Association president Kevin Foley said the league was working with the CATS Cricket Club in its bid to establish the team.

“Now we’ve got the CATS Cricket Club that are interested in running the side and they’ll be coached by (CATS captain-coach) Dan Nichols,” Foley said.

“I watched him first hand last week and he’s got a good rapport with the girls and I think he’ll do a great job.”

The TDCA is one of the few Gippsland associations which is not represented in the GCL women’s competition, with Central Gippsland club Morwell providing the only opportunity for women to play cricket in the Latrobe Valley until now.

Women’s cricket has received more interest in recent years, following Cricket Australia’s decision to professionalise its women’s side and the launch of the Women’s Big Bash League twenty20 competition.

Foley said the league was confident it had eight women who were interested in playing, but hoped to attract more players.

“It doesn’t matter what standard or age they are, if you’re interested in having a game of cricket come along,” he said.

Games are not played every week, meaning players are to compete without sacrificing every weekend.

For more information, phone Dan Nichols on 0439 482 744 or Kevin Foley on 0429 027 281.