In Victorian Premier Cricket's first ever women’s T20 game to be held under lights at Toorak Park, a number of our WBBL Stars will take to the pitch on 14 December in support of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision.
Rival clubs Prahran and Box Hill will compete in the inaugural Maddie’s Shield clash, with the line-up to include nine Melbourne Stars players including captain Meg Lanning, Alana King, Jess Cameron, Emma Inglis, Gemma Triscari.
King, who recently became an ambassador for Maddie’s Vision, spoke about the match and how she feels about becoming a face for the organisation.
“It’s been pretty exciting for me. It’s my first time being an ambassador and I couldn’t pick a better organisation to be a part of,” King said.
“The match is going to be outstanding. It’s going to bring the whole community together and will get more girls involved and really raise awareness for Maddie’s organisation.”
One hundred percent of proceeds from entry fees to the match will go directly to research into new treatments for Bone Marrow Failure, helping Maddie’s Vision to achieve its ultimate goal of helping to find a cure for the disease.
In what is sure to be a great evening out for the whole family, King says that the match will be a fiery contest with a busy start to the season for the Stars.
“We’re away next week in Wellington and then we have our first round clash of the WBBL season in Sydney as well as the Border Bash all before participating in Maddie’s Shield, so it will definitely bring some competition between teammates. It should be good fun!”
Maddie’s Shield also presents another opportunity to put women’s cricket back in the spotlight, and King says that the support Maddie’s Vision is providing is invaluable.
“It’s really outstanding having someone like Nick Riewoldt support women’s sport and grassroots cricket. Women’s sport is really growing as a whole and just having someone with such a high profile like Nick to support women’s cricket is amazing.”
Maddie’s Shield details:
When: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Where: Prahran Cricket Club, Toorak Park, 580 Orrong Road, Armadale
Time: Gates open at 4.30pm for 6.30pm game
Cost: $5 per entry / $20 for family (up to 5)
Parking: Public transport is recommended as parking is extremely limited.