Women knock Masters for six

The rise in popularity of women’s cricket has led to the sport being the latest addition to the line-up for the 2017 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games.

The men’s cricket competition is one of the most popular features of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games, and Far North Cricket’s Gavern Lovett was expecting the women’s competition to be a popular addition to the 2017 competition.

“The growing popularity of women’s cricket at the highest level over the past 12 months has had a positive flow on effect at all levels of the game,” Gavern said.

“Competitions such as the Big Bash have had a great flow-on effect for the sport, and this is certainly evident at a community level.

“We have some great players in the local women’s competition, and regionally we are very strong, so I am sure we will have plenty of interest from teams both locally and across north Queensland.”

Cairns player Paula Fablia said the sport had experienced another great year.

“There is a new focus on women’s cricket and women’s sport in general,” Paula said. “I think young women now look to sport such as women’s cricket and can see the opportunities to play at the highest level.

“For us, I think the Masters Games will be more about getting together with the team and having a bit of fun, there’ll be some cricket on show as well.”

The women’s cricket competition for the 2017 Great Barrier Masters Games is open to women aged 30 and over. Age is determined as at 31 May 2017. Games consist of 16 overs per side and will be played at the new Walker Road Sporting Precinct, Edmonton.

There is still time to enter the 2017 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games - head to www.gbrmg.com.au.

The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games are presented by Cairns Regional Council with support from Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.