“Mum started a junior girls’ social competition, just a fun muck-around for those interested in cricket,” she says.

Article sourced from ABC website.

The point of posting this article is this:

A mum with limited resources in regional NSW can CREATE a regional cricket competition for girls because it is needed.

Australian Chess with all the resources and RICH PARENTS AND VERY RICH FORMER PLAYERS at its disposal cannot even have a once a year Australian Club competition.

This is why 99.9% of our players drop out at the end of school.

What other Australian sport tolerates, or even encourages, by its actions, such a statistic?

Resolutions for 2024:

1.A National Chess News online forum that deals with the problems we can solve.

Less gibberish about world events, 1st year psychology and grade 7 maths.

There are plenty of Australian Chess problems to discuss which remain unsolved.

Try to stay focussed on the things we CAN CHANGE.

2.Less gibberish about,” the government has to sponsor us”.

The government should not be wasting one cent on organizations that throw away all their income on rating prizes. Trying to buy friends with money never works.

There are only about 30 -40 remaining old men in each state still playing 3 or 4 or more events each year.

Check the standings files for absolute proof of this.

Trying to buy friends with rating prizes clearly does not work.

3.A National online forum about each state putting forward one Team for a National League played online with the finals played OTB.

4.Tournament organizers start paying appearance fees to our top players and stop trying to buy friends with stupid rating prizes.

Our emerging Juniors need to play top players not win rating prizes.

The demographic doesn’t need money, they need tough competition.

5.More Doeberl Cup style events. About 5 Grand Slam events per year could build into a circuit that would attract overseas players wishing to escape european winters.

Less monster swiss events.

If your wish is to keep the top players from playing each other, don’t hold an event.

  • Kerry Corker


With no cricket team for girls in her hometown, Abby and her mum started a league of their own

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Abby’s hitting sixes all over Australia, but it hasn’t been an easy journey.(ABC: Marc Eiden)

Abby has been living and breathing cricket her whole life.

As a three-year-old, Abby watched her mum play in the local women’s league where the friendly teammates would babysit her on the sidelines.

By the time she was in primary school, Abby had well and truly fallen in love with the sport.

“I instantly connected to it,” she says.

“I love batting and making runs.”

A teenage girl wears a cricket helmet and green shirt, holding a bat. She is confident and feels at home on the cricket pitch.

Abby has grown up loving one of Australia’s favourite sports.(ABC: Marc Eiden)

Passion for the code runs deep through her whole family, with her dad, mum and two sisters playing legendary games of backyard cricket.

Abby has worked hard on her craft, played multiple grades and is now getting noticed by selectors.

But it hasn’t been an easy journey.

A teenage girl wearing a full cricket kit sits alone on a bench. She's taking off her helmet.

Abby says it was tough to get opportunities on the pitch.(ABC: Marc Eiden)

‘Cricket isn’t a girl’s sport’

Eight years ago, the all-rounder was looking for a cricket team to join in her regional hometown of Coomealla in south-west New South Wales.

There were no girls’ teams in the region, and Abby was too young to join the women’s league.

Abby had to play under-12s with the boys, where she felt like an outsider and came up against sexist attitudes.

“Hearing people telling me that I shouldn’t be playing cricket was very difficult to overcome, especially playing in a boy’s competition,” she says.

“The thing I’ve struggled with the most is getting told that cricket isn’t a girl’s sport.

“I felt excluded and like I wasn’t getting the opportunities I wanted and deserved.”

Three women play cricket on a pitch. The batter is swinging her bat and she's hitting the ball with strength.

Abby is a strong batter who loves scoring runs.(ABC: Marc Eiden)

Abby says there was always a women’s competition in the Sunraysia region, but never any teams, training or support for girls.

Abby’s mum Tash wasn’t happy about it and wanted young women to thrive in the game.

“Mum started a junior girls’ social competition, just a fun muck-around for those interested in cricket,” she says.

After just one year, it grew big enough to play in leagues.

“We had an under-15 girls’ competition, which has now been separated into under-13s and under-16s because of the interest,” Abby says.

“It’s pretty exciting. There’s roughly three or four teams in each grade and there’s more girls getting involved than ever before.”

A group of female cricketers put their hands in for a huddle. You can see they are yelling and smiling. They are a strong team.

Abby and her teammates at the Gol Gol Cricket Club have found a home.(ABC: Marc Eiden)

Untapped talent

The league was expanding. Abby didn’t anticipate the number of local girls who loved the game too.

“It was heartwarming, and I wasn’t the only one that had the passion of potentially going far with my sport,” she says.

Abby and her fellow teammates represent Sunraysia in country competitions and have taken home some big wins.

“That’s when we finally started getting noticed by state selectors,” she says.

“It just proves we’ve got a lot of talent around here and that it was worth having it all start up.”

Two women wearing green and yellow cricket kits sit at a table scoring a cricket match. They are smiling and concentrating.

Abby says her mum Tash (right) has inspired her to help others.(ABC: Marc Eiden)

Abby was selected for Cricket Victoria’s Under-16s Emerging Players program in 2021, plays in the Victorian countryside team, and is in cricket academies for New South Wales and Victoria.

The now 16-year-old competes all over Australia, but she says it wouldn’t be possible without her mum by her side.

“Mum drives me thousands of kilometres and does so much to get me to competitions,” she says.

“We’ve travelled up to 20 hours just for a tournament.”

A group of teenage girl cricketers take to the field. They are wearing green shirts. They look proud and fierce.

Abby wants to show off the hidden talents of the young cricketers in her region.(ABC: Marc Eiden)

A league of their own

The up-and-comer has her sights set on taking wickets in a state team, hitting sixes in the Women’s Big Bash League, and then hopefully donning the baggy green for Australia.

But Abby’s biggest passion is seeing the next generation of girls in her region rise through the ranks.

“Mum has really inspired me and encouraged me to support others, and now I’m an assistant coach with my local junior girls’ team,” she says.

“I want to bring girls up through the competition myself and hope they can even get better than me.

“I’m going to go as far as I can. But most of all, I want to help others get here too.”

The ABC’s Takeover Mildura program gives a voice to young people across the Sunraysia region. If you would like to find out more, go to the Takeover website.

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