Girls’ participation in cricket continues to boom across the state, with Quinns Rocks Junior Cricket Club forced to start a second all-girls team for the 2017-18 season due to popular demand.
National Cricket Census figures released earlier this year showed a 23 per cent increase year-on-year in participation of girls and women in WA, taking the State’s total to 63,806 players.
That trend has been reflected at Quinns Rocks JCC, with the club this year having formed its first all-girls team, which had been playing over the past few months, before adding the second team to start playing this summer.
Club registrar Serena Spataro said it was an exciting time for the region’s budding stars.
“It’s been a vison of the club for the past few years to establish a girls team so we are really excited to form one this season,” Spataro said.
“We’ve always had a few girls play MILO in2CRICKET and Milo T20 Blast, but we put the word out to see if there would be enough interest to start an under 13 team.
“By word of mouth, other girls joined and that’s how it became so popular – then we had to start a waiting list.”
The number of all female under-13 cricket teams in the northern suburbs continues to expand, up from two last season to nine this year.
That number has climbed to 36 teams across the state in the under-13 competition and the growth is expected to continue following the 2017-18 Women’s Big bash League.