Women’s competition on the cards for GDCA

Tara Murray

The Gisborne and District Cricket Association is trying to set up a women’s competition for the upcoming season.

Having successfully run a girls competition for the last three seasons, the association wants to expand the program further to cater for women as well.

Rupertswood, Bacchus Marsh, Wallan, Gisborne, Riddell, Melton Centrals, Romsey Macedon, Woodend and Hanging Rock fielded teams across the under-13 and under-17 girls competitions, with 15 teams in total.

The new women’s competition will be a casual competition, with games set to be every three weeks, to hopefully allow more players to commit to playing.

GDCA president Rob McIntyre said several clubs had expressed interest in forming a competition.

Riddell posted on its Facebook page this week, that it’s interested in having a women’s side.

“We have three clubs interested at this stage but need more clubs to be involved to ensure the competition can thrive and grow into one that will then run every week in future,” McIntyre said.

“The work we have done with interested parties last season suggested that there were not enough women to have a full competition and it may be best to have a more casual competition to start with in order to attract more women to the game.”

Several GDCA clubs, including St Anthony’s, Melton Centrals, Sunbury and Lancefield, already have women’s sides in other competitions.