Sydney Thunder, Cricket NSW and Cricket Illawarra have joined forces to develop an integrated strategy to grow female cricket participation locally in the Greater Illawarra.
The launch of the Illawarra Female Cricket Strategy follows the announcement that Sydney Thunder will play a home Rebel Women’s Big Bash League fixture at North Dalton Park in Wollongong on 20 November.
The strategy will see the introduction of female only School Cup Gala Days to increase school participation, a club-based Thunder Girls Cricket League competition and a senior women’s competition.
The collective aim for the strategy is to develop an integrated and collective approach to growing female cricket participation from the entry level Woolworths Cricket Blast through to junior and senior cricket, both socially and club-based.
Cricket NSW Area Manager Southern NSW/ACT Martin Gleeson highlighted the collaborative approach to the process of building the strategy.
“Whilst the female talent pathway in the Illawarra has been well established over the past few years a participation-based pathway has not yet been fully implemented,” Gleeson said.
“In an effort to address this and to establish a sustainable local pathway to provide playing opportunities for women and girls of all ages and abilities, a planning meeting was held in July involving key stakeholders from the Illawarra Region and the Greater Illawarra Zone.
“The meeting was an opportunity to understand the current female cricket status, plan for the 2019/20 season and determine responsibilities and accountabilities.
“The dominance of the Australian Women’s Team in the recent Ashes, the enduring success of the NSW Breakers and the upcoming ICC Women's World T20 provides a fantastic promotional base to inspire more women and girls to actively participate in our great game.
“Added to that is the announcement of the Sydney Thunder WBBL clash against Adelaide Strikers at North Dalton Park on 20 November, and the Thunder signing of local product Tahlia Wilson, there are lots of good news stories for female cricket in the Illawarra.”
To register with your local club and play in the Thunder Girls Cricket League, click here.
To download the full Illawarra Female Cricket Strategy, click here.
Sydney Thunder is set to open the first ever standalone WBBL season with a televised blockbuster match against the Sydney Sixers under lights at North Sydney Oval on Friday 18 October.
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Membership for the upcoming season is on sale now, with Full Season passes available from $80 and flexible 2-Game passes starting from $45.
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Sydney Thunder WBBL|09 Fixture:
Friday 18 October | Vs Sydney Sixers | North Sydney Oval | 7.40PM
Sunday 20 October | Vs Brisbane Heat | North Sydney Oval | 2.10PM
Saturday 26 October | Vs Melbourne Renegades | Blacktown International Sportspark | 7.00PM
Sunday 27 October | Vs Melbourne Stars | Bankstown Memorial Oval | 2.00PM
Saturday 2 November | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | West Park Oval | Time TBC
Sunday 3 November | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | West Park Oval | Time TBC
Sunday 10 November | Vs Perth Scorchers | Karen Rolton Oval | 2.00PM (2.30PM AEDT)
Tuesday 12 November | Vs Perth Scorchers | WACA Ground | 5.30PM (8.30PM AEDT)
Friday 15 November | Vs Sydney Sixers | Drummoyne Oval | 7.10PM
Saturday 16 November | Vs Brisbane Heat | Drummoyne Oval | 7.10PM
Wednesday 20 November | Vs Adelaide Strikers | North Dalton Park | 2.30PM
Sunday 24 November | Vs Adelaide Strikers | Blundstone Arena | Time TBC
Wednesday 27 November | Vs Melbourne Stars | Venue TBC | 2.30PM
Sunday 1 December | Vs Melbourne Renegades | Junction Oval | 11.40AM