A gala day at Maitland Area School earlier this month launched the Yorke Peninsula league, bringing together six teams of girls from schools in the area.
It is the first cricket offering for just girls in the region and Minlaton District School teacher Craig Fitzgerald is excited to see more sports on offer for girls.
“SACA and the Adelaide Strikers are doing an excellent job of promoting girls’ cricket, especially with events such as these,” Fitzgerald said.
“The gala day was fantastic and the girls had a great time. It was the perfect opportunity to learn new cricket skills in a fun environment and they enjoyed playing against other schools on the Yorke Peninsula.”
The Riverland league will begin their season this Friday 30 November, with teams entering from schools in Waikerie, Glossop, Loxton and Renmark.
A boys’ competition will also feature on the day, but it will be the first time that the Riverland has hosted an organised girls’ cricket competition.
SACA Club and Participation Officer Kurt Miegel believes the Riverland is one of significant potential growth for the sport.
“We have seen girls’ cricket growing significantly all across Australia and with the sporting talent on offer in the Riverland, we could hopefully encourage more girls to take up the game and go on to higher honours,” Miegel said.
The Mid North league has been a smashing success since its inception and has again hosted large numbers of girls at the Mid North gala day to kick off the season.
A total of 24 girls’ teams participated across two locations in Clare and one in Kapunda, with participants of all abilities taking part in games and learning basic cricket skills.
It isn’t too late to join an Adelaide Strikers Girls Cricket League near you! Leagues are aimed at girls from 11 to 17 years of age with any skill level, with multiple competitions available across metropolitan and regional locations.