Women and girls in the Noosa region have more opportunity than ever before to play cricket – and they can get a taste for the sport at Tewantin ahead of the 2019/20 season.
A series of Come and Try Days for all women and girls 14 years or over with an interest in cricket have been organised by Tewantin-Noosa Cricket Club, with the last to be held on September 8 at Read Park, Goodwin St, Tewantin (please note the change of venue from Noosa District Sports Complex in McKinnon Drive, where the August 11 and August 25 events were held).
Whether you’ve played cricket previously or are completely new to the game having never picked up a cricket bat or cricket ball – including those with partners, sons or brothers who love the sport that are curious about what it would be like to play themselves – you’re invited to join in the fun.
Experienced coaches, current Tewantin-Noosa Cricket Club (TNCC) women’s players and team mentor Patsy Fayne – a local septuagenarian who made her Test debut for Australia in 1968, played 16 internationals and was the first Australian woman to take a wicket at Lord’s – will be on hand to help you master basic cricketing skills.
Phone Paula McKie on 0423 149 477 or email email@example.com today to find out more, or register your interest for the September 8 Come and Try Day via Facebook.
With a world champion national team that has also just won the Women’s Ashes, there is a real excitement in Australia with more and more women of all ages joining the cricket revolution and an unprecedented number of girls being introduced to the game.
In fact, participation in cricket by women and girls has been rising sharply in Australia over recent years, including a 14 per cent increase in 2018/19, that females now account for almost one-third of registered cricketers across the country.
TNCC’s inaugural season in the Sunshine Coast Women’s T20 Competition last summer involved a mixture of players with past experience – most of whom hadn’t played cricket for a decade or two – and total beginners.
The wife of TNCC stalwart Jason Toohey, one of the newbies in the team was Megan Toohey, who played alongside her teenage daughter Claudia.
“I only registered to play ladies cricket so that TNCC could get a team underway last season. I’d always been around cricket as both my husband and daughter played, but I was never particularly interested in playing. I can now say that I love cricket,” Megan said.
“I have learnt new skills and made some great friends in a wonderful supportive environment.
"Not to mention I’ve had the opportunity to play cricket with my daughter, which has been very special.”
Petrina Feuerherdt hadn’t played cricket for 20 years but got involved a year ago as she was looking for something active and social after relocating to the Sunshine Coast.
“I am so happy to say that playing cricket didn’t just get me out and about, but more importantly I have met the most wonderful bunch of people I could ever hope for and have made beautiful friends for life,” she said.
Incredible new-found friendship is a common theme that comes up in conversation with existing Tewantin-Noosa women’s players.
Having been “fascinated” with cricket growing up in a small town, where playing was never an option for females, Rachael Chopping reconfirmed her passion for the sport after attending a ‘come and try day’ last year.
“Not only have I enjoyed each training session and game day, but I have also made some incredible friends in the process,” she says.
Rachel Martin’s son had joined a TNCC junior team after their family moved to the area 18 months ago, but prior to last season she admits she “didn’t have much of an interest in cricket”.
“I played netball growing up. I really wanted to find something in our new area that was flexible, involved fitness and had the opportunity to meet new people. This ticked all the boxes,” Rachel said.
“I noticed an advertisement on the TNCC Facebook page about a ladies team and I went along to one of their ‘come and try days’. I was so nervous but it is honestly the best thing I have done in a long time.
“Last season was a lot of fun and I was helped out so much by the more experienced players. We were provided with all the gear we needed and all the help we wanted.
“I must admit I’m still learning all the rules but I really have got more out of this than just a sporting team. I have found an amazing community group and a wonderful new bunch of friends.”
For more information about the upcoming three Come and Try Days, phone Paula McKie on 0423 149 477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sunshine Coast Cricket Association is also organising skill development sessions for girls in the 5 to 13 years age group. For more information, contact Janeine Stibbe on 0417 728 210.