THE growth of women’s cricket in Glenorchy continues to gather pace with the introduction of a dedicated under-14s program.
Before season 16/17, girls had no choice but to play in mixed teams until they reached under-17 level, but the formation of standalone competitions is expected to encourage greater participation.
Glenorchy’s under-14 girls already boasts a squad of 15 heading into the season and is coached by leading Cripps Tasmanian Roar and Hobart Hurricanes player Julie Hunter.
Ms Hunter said the growth of the competition would be exciting to watch.
“This is going across the Cricket Tasmania Premier League so all the clubs will have a team in under-14s which increases that competitive edge a little bit as well,” she said.
“It means we’re going to see a whole new breed of new girls coming through Cricket Tasmania having opportunities to play.”
Also on board for the forthcoming season is Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, who has accepted the role of Glenorchy Cricket Club patron.
Ms Archer said the year was shaping up to be a challenging one for the successful premier league club, but she was confident Glenorchy could cause plenty of upsets against some highly fancied opposition.
“Glenorchy was formed in 1931 and has been one of Tasmania’s most successful cricket clubs,” she said.
“I hope that good form continues again this summer under the watchful eye of senior coaches Brett Geeves and Julie Hunter.
“Involving young people in sport is something I always encourage and I congratulate the club on expanding its women’s program.
“Good player pathways are essential to getting talented juniors to the top of their game.”
Cricket operations manager Simon Stebbings agreed.
“With a focus on female participation, it’s an ideal time to have a leading female MP involved off the field,” he said.
“Elise was a great fit, she’s really committed to the Glenorchy community.
“We’re very much about local people so we look forward to working with her.”
Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, with under-14 players Chelsea Cockshutt, left, Tianna Mozes and Glenorchy women’s coach Julie Hunter.