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Juniors Blast Into Action

22 October 2018

A new era of junior cricket launched this weekend, with nearly 600 future stars across Perth participating in the fun, fast and action-packed Woolworths Cricket Blast.

The national program is focused on creating excitement and enjoyment in young cricketers across the country, with kids from all corners of WA involved, from Albany to Port Hedland.

Mark Sanders from the Western Australian Cricket Association’s Community Cricket department said the number of children participating has grown, with new Junior Blaster centres being opened regionally.

“We’ve got some exciting new Junior Blaster centres in the Great Southern Region. Nyabing, Frankland River and Kojonup have all activated for the first time with some great registration numbers,” Mr Sanders said.

The growth has spread to girls, with the number of teams increasing from 13 in 2014-15 to 71 teams this season across the metropolitan area.  

“The first under-11’s girls competition is being held in the North West Metropolitan Cricket Association with the pathway strengthened from Junior Blasters to under-18’s,” Sanders said.

“It’s very exciting to see this development in girls’ cricket, with the focus being on more action, skill and fun.”

Perth Scorchers Head Coach Adam Voges said his son Xavier was “pumped” to be involved with the Woolworths Cricket Blast. 

“Xavier gets to bat, he gets to bowl. Everyone gets to participate and have a bit of fun,” Voges said.

“There are less fielders, more to do on the ground, better bowling with a shorter pitch, shorter boundary for more runs. 

“The junior cricket format has seen some changes to increase participation and engagement and at the end of the day, they have fun and that’s what we want.”

Nearly every cricket club in Perth is home to a Woolworths Cricket Blast Centre, with each centre welcoming boys and girls aged five to 10 years old. 

The program features lots of fun, fast paced activities to introduce and help children develop their cricket skills.