Sport

Boom in girls registering for cricket after professional pathways created

CRICKET is enjoying a boom in girls registering to play despite the impact of Covid-19 disruptions and St Christopher’s Panania Cricket Club coach Paul Stathis says it’s easy to understand why.

“Cricket is an amazing sport for girls who adapt to it very quickly,” he said.
“When I first started to coach female teams I was surprised at how well girls listen and are naturally motivated to improve.
“Yet when they come off the field, they have a laugh with the other teams, it’s terrific to see how much they all enjoy it.”
Paul’s daughter Chrissa, 14, is a great example of how cricket can get into a girl’s blood.
Selected for the NSW Cricket Academy Development Squad, she plays for St Christopher’s as well as Bankstown Women’s Grade side.
“Cricket is such a fun sport with great team spirit,” she said.
“Anyone thinking about playing should definitely give it a go.”
Another up and coming star, Ava Gaughan plays in St Christopher’s U13s side and hopes to turn professional.
“I love playing with different people and learning their techniques,” she said.
“It’s the best sport for making friends and learning skills.”
The Croft family includes Luca, 14, playing club cricket, Sasha, 12, who last year played in Bankstown’s Mollie Dive rep side and Maddie, 8, who played in Master Blaster.
Dad Tim who played grade cricket for 20 years and made the NSW Over 50s side last year, says more players are needed.
“When I ask Sasha what do you like about cricket, she says ‘Dad, I don’t like it, I love it’ and that sums up how everyone feels once they starting playing.
“It’s fantastic that pathways have opened up for women professionally and the pay is not too bad plus there’s no better place to start than in Bankstown.”
Online registration for the summer has now opened. To sign up, go to stchristopherscc.nsw.cricket.com.au.