Lismore sports fields hosted the New South Wales Primary Schools Sports Association Girls Cricket Championships last week and local girls had the chance to meet Australia’s elite women cricketers during the event.
Favourite among the young ladies was the Australian Team vice-captain Alex Blackwell. North coast junior cricketer Emily Perin from The Pocket Public School was particularly enchanted by the woman, who is a specialist batsman who has been playing in the senior ranks for over ten years and who played in both 2005 and 2009 World Cups and has scored almost 2400 runs in the Women’s National Cricket League.
Emily says that Alex was a great lady to meet. ‘She was very inspiring, supportive and positive about all of the girls playing’, said the twelve-year-old. ‘She talked about how cricket gives you skills in life, like meeting people, making friends and how cricket can help give you a healthy and active lifestyle.’
Emily says that Alex was generous with her time and gave the girls some tips. ‘She said to keep going for as long as you enjoy playing. She also said to practise skills so you can to become the best that you can be. But mostly, she told us just to love the game of cricket and to enjoy it always.’
Organisers say that the event was played in extremely good spirits and all participants are to be congratulated. The final placings for the Lismore event were Sydney North, MacKillop, Sydney South West, Riverina, CIS, South Coast, Sydney East, Polding, North Coast, Sydney West, Western, Hunter and North West. The NSWPSSA Boys Cricket Championships will be held in Armidale next week.