A popular social women’s cricket competition is expanding to Port Stephens this spring and organisers are now calling for individual players and teams to join the fun.
The Sixers Social Women’s Cricket competition will kick off in Nelson Bay on Sunday, November 11 and run for five weeks.
Sharyn Beck from Cricket NSW said the competition, of which she is an organiser, is ideal for ladies looking to have a hit and a laugh.
“It really is just a massive laugh,” Beck said. “We’re really looking for women who have never played before and want to give cricket a go.”
The competition, which is affiliated with the Big Bash League’s Sydney Sixers, was launch in Newcastle in January 2016.
Beck said she was blown away when 20 teams signed up, and doubly so the next competition when 30 teams registered to play.
“I think that what is most appealing is that it’s a short competition, just five weeks, and it’s on a Sunday afternoon,” Beck said.
“Anyone can play. We had a team with a daughter, mother and grandmother one year. The oldest player we had last year was 67.”
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The competition is open to women aged 16 and above. Individuals or teams can register to play.
The cost to join the Port Stephens spring competition is $60 per person, which covers all costs including insurance and equipment.
A soft ball is used during games, which will be played at Tomaree Sports Complex.
All teams will play each other in a round robin tournament during the five weeks.
To register go to playcricket.com.au, search for Sixers Social Womens – Newcastle then select the Port Stephens spring competition.
The competition will pick up after the Sydney Sixers Beach Blast, a school holiday event for children aged 5 to 12.
The Beach Blast will be held at Anna Bay’s Robinson Reserve on October 5.
Attendees will experience all the fun of the Big Bash, with music and entertainment all part of the program.
The action-packed morning will include cricket coaching, basic water safety lessons from Surf Lifesaving NSW and a visit from Sydney Sixers players.
Registration is $12.50 per person.
Early registration, at sydneysixers.com.au/beachblast, is encouraged as there is just 200 spots available for the Anna Bay event.