Currently, cricket is not part of the summer sports fixture for girls but this is set to change with the first ever competition due to take place in Term 1, 2018. Carey is one of the schools looking to partake in this program.
Damien Fleming, who is highly invested in this initiative, attended the assembly at Carey. He spoke to the year 7-9 students about the Term 1 competition, the T20 blast format and the excitement of the Big Bash. Fleming also touched on the newly released Australian Cricket Strategy which has a heavy focus on grassroots cricket and inspiring and supporting women and girls to love the game.
The Carey students then had the opportunity to hear from the Stars' Anna Lanning. The batter is a former Carey Grammar student who gave an insight on her career to date, cricket pathway, time spent at Carey and the opportunities given as a young and aspiring female cricketer.
With no female cricket program in place at the time, Lanning played her school cricket with the boys up until year 10 at Carey. Lanning is very excited about the idea of a girls only school competition, and encouraged all of the girls to get involved.
We look forward to seeing the new and exciting opportunities for women in cricket at Carey and other participating schools.