Girls grab their chance with both hands

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The Great Southern Girls country week side that took part in the girls Country Cricket Carnival
Camera IconThe Great Southern Girls country week side that took part in the girls Country Cricket Carnival

A Great Southern women’s junior country week side competed at the Girls’ Country Cricket Carnival at Murdoch University in Perth earlier this month.

Great Southern played against other regions such as South West, Wheatbelt, Mid-West and Goldfields in the three-day carnival.

Teams played four Twenty20 matches against the other regions plus two indoor matches and also were involved in specialist cricket activities and attended a Big Bash League game.

WACA Great Southern cricket manager Tim Edmunds said the carnival was a great concept.

“We all play cricket to enjoy the game with our mates, but girls don’t always get this opportunity to play together and against other girls’ teams,” he said.

“That’s why they jump at this opportunity the carnival provides.

“We have been taking a team to this carnival for a number of years now. I can’t thank team managers Lyndall Davis and Kerry Pearce and coach Kayla Vanspall enough for the passion they showed.”

Lyndall Davis received the award for best volunteer at the carnival, and Lahni Davis was named best player for Great Southern.

A total of 63 players from the five regions took part in the annual event co-ordinated by the WACA.

Edmunds said he had received great interest for the inaugural girls’ under-18 league, starting next month.

“What would be great is if the cricket community can step forward and support the establishment of a girl’s under-18 league in the Albany & Districts Cricket Association,” Edmunds said.

“The girls come back from enjoying this carnival and don’t get to play with each other again for the season.

“The girls under-18 league is starting in February again, I’m just looking for some clubs to foster teams because the numbers are there.”

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