Women's cricket growing in Naracoorte

Sport: Naracoorte Cricket Club hosted a successful come and try day last week. Photo: Supplied.
Sport: Naracoorte Cricket Club hosted a successful come and try day last week. Photo: Supplied.

Naracoorte Cricket Club is taking action to encourage more young women to join in the great Aussie sport.

Twelve ladies attended a come and try day at Wortley Oval last Sunday to prepare for the upcoming cricket season.

Women's cricket coordinator Sile Legoe told The Herald the event went "very well" and there were four coaches who support the rising sport stars.

"Twelve ladies turned up to the event ranging from age 12 to mid-40s," she said.

"Despite having a range of abilities, we ran a beginner style session with a lot of catching and fielding games, bowling drills and some basic batting techniques."

Ms Legoe said the activities kept everyone engaged and active throughout the session.

"We wanted everyone to have a chance to try a bit of everything."

Given the amount of interest in women's cricket this years, Ms Legoe was pleased to announce they have managed to put together a team for the upcoming season.

Bordertown ran a similar program and have also created their own team, which will be Naracoorte's opponent for the 2019 tri series.

Ms Legoe said cricket is a sport which anyone can pick up quite easily and have a lot of fun.

"It's a very social game, and a game where everyone has an opportunity to be the champion on the day," she said.

"It's a sport that you don't have to be good at every part of to be an asset and a sport where even the best players can get a golden duck."

She highlighted the importance of being involved in the local community given how easy it can be to become isolated in smaller towns.

"There is no part of cricket that women can't do or can necessarily do worse than men so there is no reason for us not to play."

In Naracoorte, there has never been somewhere women can play cricket, unless they play with the men, and this session was about letting women know they can do more than just sit on the sidelines.

Last week's session went so well that they are hosting another come and try day this Sunday at 1pm at Wortley Oval.

With this season's teams getting finalised soon, anyone who has an interest in joining is encouraged to head along to the say or contact Ms Legoe on 0447 232 532.

"We have scheduled three games for this season's tri series. Round One versus Bordertown on the 17th November in Bordertown and then two home games on 7th and 14th of December at Wortley Oval."