Sydney Thunder duo Alex Blackwell and Jason Sangha joined nearly 500 young cricketers at Marrickville Cricket Club’s presentation night to celebrate a successful season and share their experience.
Former national vice-captain and Australia’s most-capped female player, Blackwell revealed her biggest challenge didn’t come on the cricket field.
“I made the call to give up studying medicine to further my cricket career,” she said.
“Now women’s cricket is professional, and the opportunities and the pathways are all in place for this generation.”
Sangha emphasised the importance of having fun, the power of positive thinking and the need to challenge yourself to improve your own game.
“My junior coach was my dad and he knows my game better than anyone else even now - so listen to your dads,” he added.
13-year-old Liv Morrison received the Mollie ‘The Demon’ Flaherty award for the best female player, named after the feared Marrickville and Australian fast bowler.
Coached by Blackwell herself, Morrison scored 146 runs at an average of 73, took 8 wickets and made 15 catches and run outs to take out the award for the second year running.