‘‘Tongala has brought girls’ cricket to the attention of other clubs and hopefully the GMC can build on the success of the Sapphires under 12s team in creating all-girls competition,’’ Kervin said.
‘‘The clubs are excited about getting a competition up and running and we’ve already starting seeking interest in schools.
‘‘The girls will play during the week on hard wickets using Cricket Australia’s nine-a-side junior format. It encourages higher scoring, better fielding and the chance for each player to bat and bowl, which is good for skill development. It also means we can field more teams and with up to 11 players in one side girls won’t have to commit to each week.’’
Kervin said there were now clear pathways for female cricket.
‘‘There are more carnivals and competitions now to help identify players,’’ Kervin said.
‘‘It’s great for the GMC to be a part of that and hopefully we can see a female player from our area make it all the way to the national side one year in the women’s T20.’’