There are many ways for females of all ages and skill levels to get involved in Cricket in NSW
Participation for everyone
This is the entry level skills programs for girls and boys aged 5 – 8. Hosted by cricket clubs throughout NSW, it’s a great way to learn the fundamental skills of cricket.Find your local Junior Blasters Centre at www.playcricket.com.au
Girls Only Master Blasters Centres
Master Blasters School Cups
All schools across NSW and ACT are invited to take part in one of our Master Blasters Schools Cups (gala days). There are days for Years 3/4, Years 5/6 and Year 7/8. Gala days take place in Terms 3 and 4 and winning teams have the opportunity to progress to State and National finals.
Talk to your Sport Coordinator to find out if your daughter’s school takes part.
Sixers and Thunder Girls Cricket Leagues
These are club-based leagues played on Saturday afternoons for girls aged 10 – 17. Clubs across metro Sunday compete against each other in a T20 game that lasts approximately 2 ½ hours. There are plans in place to expand into regional areas in the near future.
Sydney Women’s Cricket
This is the Women’s Grade competition across Sydney. It offers competitive T20 and 50 over matches for 1st Grade – 3rd Grade players including Social Cricket opportunities.
To find out more visit www.womensgrade.nsw.cricket.com.au
Women’s Big Bash League
New in 2015, the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) is aligned with the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder BBL teams. The format will be T20 games with high profile local and international players.
Follow your team at www.bigbash.com.au
The all-conquering NSW Breakers are our women’s NSW State team. They take part in one day (50 over) matches against the other States.
Follow the State’s elite women players here:
Facebook: Cricket NSW
If you have questions or would like to know more about any of these programs or competitions, please contact Julie Stafford, Community Engagement Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pathways and Talent
Cricket NSW produce the finest female Cricketers. Our talent pathway involves Schools, Clubs and Academies.
Here’s a map of the Representative pathway to playing for your State, WBBL Team and on to the Southern Stars:
Dispelling some myths of Cricket
What some parents might say:
‘Cricket takes too long….’
Not true! There are formats to suit everyone. E.g. our entry-level programs, Junior Blasters and Master Blasters, are only 1 -1/2 hours long, the same as most other sports. So you won’t be there all day.
‘Cricket is a boy’s game’
Not true! Cricket is a game for everyone! The NSW Breakers is the most successful sporting team in Australian history, winning 10 Women’s League titles in a row! Six of the Breakers team play in the Australian Squad. One of the primary objectives of Cricket Australia is to substantially increase the number of females playing and watching Cricket.
'But Cricket is too slow...’
Not true! The games we play have fewer players so everyone has to move more! When you’re batting you’ll need to concentrate all the time and when you’re fielding you’ll need be super alert. No time for daydreaming in this game…. Lots of running, catching and throwing to do.
What some girls might say:
‘But I can’t play bowl very well.’
Ok, so not everyone is as good as Erin Osborne or Ellyse Perry – yet! But that’s ok – there’s still a place for you. You don’t need to know all the skills to begin, and our entry-level programs have coaching built-in.
‘I really hate it when I get out quickly.’
It’s frustrating when that happens! However, our entry-level programs allow batters to stay in when a wicket is lost, as runs are added onto the opposition score.
‘But I throw like a girl.'
Good. So you should because you are a girl! Like everyone else at the start of their journey, the more you practice your throwing, the further, faster and more accurate you’ll be.
‘But it’s not cool.’
Hmm. Ok, tell that to Ellyse Perry (voted one of the most marketable athletes on the planet) or any of the other girls who play Cricket as a full time job..