A chance to test their skills

Northern Spirit coach Kari Carswell (front left) led a cricket practice for girls at the Harry Barker Reserve nets last month. Players are Kayley Knight (front) and (back, from left) Rubi Perano, Maddie Ashworth, Amy Thomas, Alessandra Evans, Grace Kuil and Grace Levy. Picture by Paul Rickard

Girls curious about cricket will have a chance to test their skills and pick up some new ones.

The Tairawhiti Women’s Cricket Club is hosting an open day at Harry Barker Reserve on Sunday from 1pm, and it promises to be a fun get-together.

The open day is aimed at school-aged girls, though the club also wants to hear from women looking to play social or competitive cricket.

Club secretary Tracey Scott said the event would include skill drills and games with tennis balls.

Girls often enjoyed the camaraderie of cricket and making new friends, she said.

And they sometimes felt more comfortable in teams full of girls.

Scott said the event was for any girls who wanted to give the sport a try.

The women’s club based in Gisborne formed this year to drive higher female participation in the sport.

The club’s head coach is Mel Knight.

“Tairawhiti Women’s Cricket Club has started up with the key aims being to have girls’ teams in all Poverty Bay junior competitions, help the game grow and create better pathways for aspiring female cricketers,” Knight said.

Women’s cricket has gained a higher profile at the elite level in recent years, with the emergence of talents such as Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr for New Zealand’s White Ferns and television coverage of the T20 Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.

Scott said it was good for girls to see women playing sport at the top level.

Girls’ participation in Tairawhiti has tended to drop off when children make the transition to hard-ball cricket.

The club aims to keep girls in the game, help their confidence and create an environment for them to enjoy the sport.

The open day will also have a free sausage sizzle.

More information is on the club’s Facebook page.

Girls curious about cricket will have a chance to test their skills and pick up some new ones.

The Tairawhiti Women’s Cricket Club is hosting an open day at Harry Barker Reserve on Sunday from 1pm, and it promises to be a fun get-together.

The open day is aimed at school-aged girls, though the club also wants to hear from women looking to play social or competitive cricket.

Club secretary Tracey Scott said the event would include skill drills and games with tennis balls.

Girls often enjoyed the camaraderie of cricket and making new friends, she said.

And they sometimes felt more comfortable in teams full of girls.

Scott said the event was for any girls who wanted to give the sport a try.

The women’s club based in Gisborne formed this year to drive higher female participation in the sport.

The club’s head coach is Mel Knight.

“Tairawhiti Women’s Cricket Club has started up with the key aims being to have girls’ teams in all Poverty Bay junior competitions, help the game grow and create better pathways for aspiring female cricketers,” Knight said.

Women’s cricket has gained a higher profile at the elite level in recent years, with the emergence of talents such as Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr for New Zealand’s White Ferns and television coverage of the T20 Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.

Scott said it was good for girls to see women playing sport at the top level.

Girls’ participation in Tairawhiti has tended to drop off when children make the transition to hard-ball cricket.

The club aims to keep girls in the game, help their confidence and create an environment for them to enjoy the sport.

The open day will also have a free sausage sizzle.

More information is on the club’s Facebook page.

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