It’s taken more than two years but Macarthur finally has its own girls cricket youth league.
The five-team Thunder Girls Cricket League – for under-15s – launched on October 17 and is designed to encourage more girls to take up the sport.
Thunder Girls League coordinator Clair Hardy said many girls felt uncomfortable in mixed leagues.
“This gives them a really great opportunity to play in an environment they’re comfortable with,” she said.
“Most girls have to play in mixed leagues at that age and a lot of girls aren’t confident going up against the boys.”
Hardy said the success of the Australian women’s cricket team and the women’s Big Bash League in the past few years had bolstered young girls’ interest in the game.
The shorter form of the game provided the basis for the new league.
“The girls play nine-a-side with Twenty-20 rules,” Hardy said.
Several Macarthur clubs applied for grants to establish a league in the past two years, but only two were successful.
The Thunder Girls League is represented by five local clubs – Tahmoor, Camden, Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn and Bradbury.
The competition runs for eight weeks and will finish with a finals series.
The teams play at either Raby Cricket Ground or Belgenny Oval each week between 5pm and 7pm.
Hardy said it was great to be able to provide young girls with an outlet to hone their cricket skills.
“A lot of work was done behind the scenes to get this going,” she said.
“We want to promote girls in cricket as much as we can.”
Organisers intend to also run a summer league.
Anyone interested in taking part in the Thunder Girls Cricket League – which is for players between 11 and 15 – should contact Clair Hardy on 0400168584.
This gives the girls a great opportunity to play in an environment they’re comfortable with.Clair Hardy, Thunder Girls Cricket League