It was women first during the first round of the Northern Inland Sixers Girls’ Cricket League Under 17 series on Sunday in Inverell at Cameron Park.
Central North Girls’ Academy assistant cricket coach Peter Graham said they had good participation with 24 players aged 12-17 helping get the league off the ground.
“It’s a competition for girls only, which helps with their cricket. Some girls don’t like to play with boys, and certainly when they get a bit older, the boys get a bit stronger,” Graham said.
“So if we can get it up and running each year, eventually we’ll end up with a competition to go over – could be a full eight weeks of cricket spread out over the seven months.”
“You don’t have to be on a team, just turn up as an individual and we’ll just place you.”
He said the league could be a stepping stone to the academy for some players, and unless they organise the chance, many girls might not have the chance to try.
“Most of the girls love to play cricket, and while they love it they also listen and take on board any direction and coaching that’s given to them, and it’s really an (opportunity) for them to show their skills, and a lot of the girls are quite handy; play some nice shots and score good runs and bowl well,” he said.
“Look, it’s really no different to any male side, really.” Graham said many of the girls have a background playing backyard cricket with friends and siblings.
The next round will be held in Narrabri in February.