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Girls step up to pitch

GIRLS cricket has a bright future at Lindisfarne Cricket Club, which recently received a grant from Clarence City Council to go towards uniforms and equipment for budding female players.

This is the second year the club has run cricket for under-14 and under-17 girls.

Lindisfarne Cricket Club coach Stuart Steele said he hoped they could continue to provide for young female cricketers at the club.

He said the grant was beneficial in helping get girls out onto the pitch and to engage with the game.

“It’s a big ask for parents to buy a full set of gear,” he said.

“We’ve gotten this grant so girls can come along, try the game and they’ve got all the gear that they need, so all they have to do is show up and enjoy playing the game.

“We have received bats, gloves, pads, kit bags, basically everything they need to play the game.”

Mr Steele said he hoped female cricket would grow at Lindisfarne and that girls from the club would go on to play for Tasmania and Australia.

“If we can get one or two of these girls who go on in time to play for Tassie, that would be just magnificent,” he said.

Brown is in her second year of cricket at Lindisfarne Cricket Club.

“I played one game last year after a friend suggested it and I really liked it,” Abby said.

“I would tell other girls to join in because it’s really fun, you meet new people, make friends and get to play an awesome game.”

Mr Steele said Lindisfarne Cricket Club would continue to encourage young girls to join in a fabulous game and do what it could to accommodate for both male and female cricketers fairly.

“This grant will help us to grow and develop women’s cricket not only in Lindisfarne, but in Tassie,” he said.

Caption: Girls from the u14 Lindisfarne Cricket Club team with their new uniforms and equipment.