The North Coast Female Cricket Academy at their two day training camp on Saturday at Harwood. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
The North Coast Female Cricket Academy at their two day training camp on Saturday at Harwood. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Skills camp at Harwood encourages young female cricketers

DESPITE cricket being a typically male sport, the Harwood Cricket pitch was dominated by females at the weekend.

The Northern Coast Female Cricket Academy used the grounds for its development camp, an opportunity the Harwood Cricket Club was happy to provide.

Hardwood Cricket Club secretary Anthony Young said the clinic gave the young female cricketers a chance to development their skills on a top-notch cricket pitch.

"It's not often that you get youngsters who get to use the turf wicket, it's usually reserved for seniors A-grade," he said.

"So it's just a good opportunity for developing the girls and being able to play cricket on the best wicket available."

While the development camp was run by the North Coast Cricket Academy not the club, Young said Harwood Cricket encouraged girls to play.

"In cricket, historically there hasn't been as much opportunity for girls," he said.

"Now that we have the women playing in the Ashes, we are hoping that some of our juniors can rise up through the ranks."

In other Hardwood Cricket Club news, the senior men's team is hosting the Gold Coast champions in a 40 over per innings champion of the universe competition on September 14.

A sausage sizzle and sign-on for the 2013-14 season will be held there on the same day.



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