The Perth Scorchers are sending a big thank you this Mothers’ Day to all the mums who help make cricket a possibility and to highlight those contributions, we thought we’d catch up with one of the sport’s devoted WA mums, Cherie Pirnie.
Cherie, like many mums, has been behind the scenes, supporting her kids from the moment they wanted to step on the field.
She was assistant coach, scorer and water-runner when her son started MILO T20 Blast, before joining the committee at Bicton Junior Cricket Club and taking on the role as Female Co-ordinator, leading to the club’s first inclusion in the nation-leading Perth Scorchers Girls League.
On top of it all, Cherie is one of the Western Australian Cricket Association’s Community Cricket Officers.
To Cherie and all the devoted mums out there, helping make the community the enjoyable place it is for so many, thank you and happy Mothers’ Day from the Perth Scorchers.
1. What are your plans for Mothers’ Day?
We always kick off Mother’s Day with a cooked breakfast, courtesy of my hubby. We are then going to catch up with my mother-in-law, before heading to my son’s football game. Then we will head south to my sister’s for a late lunch with my mum and all of my side of the family.
2. Tell us about your involvement in cricket.
Apart from my son playing cricket and supporting him and my husband (who is the coach), I am on our club’s committee. I have taken on the role as Female Co-ordinator and am very passionate about girls playing cricket. We were actually successful last year in registering our inaugural female team to participate in the Perth Scorchers Girls League.
3. What role do mothers play in their children playing cricket, or sport in general?
I think that mums, just like dads, take on so many roles when their kids play any sport. From being a taxi service, helping out with morning tea, being team manager, scoring, coaching and being an emotional support - every role is as important as the other. The support of any parent or guardian – mums or otherwise – is of utmost importance to a child’s enjoyment of the game.
4. How do you think we can get more mothers involved in cricket?
From personal experience, I feel one hurdle to overcome is to educate the differences between perception and reality. The first myth to dispel is that it’s not an all-day commitment. Then, there is no need to outlay funds for cricket equipment and, to be involved, you don’t even need to know anything about the game. It’s actually a fantastic social environment and once mums realise that, even with absolutely no knowledge or experience of the game, they can still contribute and be involved.
5. What does Mothers’ Day mean to you?
For me, it’s not about receiving gifts, or about being celebrated; it’s actually the time I step back, give myself a pat on the back, and say, ‘Wow, we did alright, our kids are pretty awesome!’