The leading female Primary Schools cricketers from all around the State converged on Maitland this week for the annual NSW PSSA Zone Carnival at Maitland Park.
Thirteen teams from all corners of NSW were represented including the local Hunter zone side, which includes school kids from the Central Coast up to Scone and Taree.
Monique Krake from Thornton Public School, Iona’s Marni Duggan and Abermain’s Lara Robertson have formed a strong local representation in the regional side.
“It’s a round robin tournament, with teams placed in two pools,” Gary Fisher, Cricket NSW Development Manager Hunter, said.
“They bat 25 overs each with two games played each day. At the end of the tournament the top team from each pool play off for first place, and so on.”
The Hunter team performed strongly throughout the early rounds.
Mr Fisher believes competitions such as this are vital to the development of the women’s cricket game in NSW.
For many tournaments like this are a brand new experience, and it might act as a platform for some to forge a career from cricket.Gary Fisher, Cricket NSW
“I think it’s important than female cricketers get the chance to compete at tournaments like this, against the best players from around NSW,” he said.
“At the end of the tournament there is a state team selected which is a real incentive.
“Many tournaments like this are a brand new experience, and it might act as a platform for some to decide to forge a career from cricket.”
Maitland has hosted the tournament in recent years and Mr Fisher puts that down largely to the outstanding amenities.
“It’s a beautiful set-up at Maitland park and it’s a credit to the curators and to Maitland Council that you can have five quality turf wickets available at the one venue.”