By Stuart Kavanagh
It can be difficult at times to gain access to the sport you love and that is particularly true when you live in the outermost areas of NSW, but Cricket NSW was able to bridge the gap for some girls in that very situation who have a distinct passion for cricket.
Girls from some of NSW remotest areas were welcomed to Broken Hill to take part in a Woolworths Cricket Blast delivered by homegrown talent and wicketkeeper for NSW’s U-19 country squad, Katie Letcher.
Future Australian Women’s Cricket Team hopefuls travelled from all over the state to take part.
Girls from Ivanhoe, Menindee, Packsaddle, White Cliffs and Pooncarie came to play in the program, alongside Broken Hill’s local girls, and learn fundamental cricketing skills through a range of activities and games.
The program was held over a week at Broken Hill’s Norm Fox Sporting Complex.
Katie Letcher is no stranger to Broken Hill.
She made her A Grade debut in cricket in 2019 whilst playing for North Broken Hill Cricket Club (in the men’s competition!). Katie has been involved in the Woolworths Cricket Blast programs since she was in tenth grade.
“It was quite enjoyable to see so many young girls enjoying playing cricket in the town that I grew up in,” Ms Letcher said.
“Broken Hill has a special place in my heart, and I know the challenges faced when you live in an isolated place.” Katie said.
“They all loved the all-girls Woolworths Cricket Blast, and I am hoping they will get more opportunities to play cricket in Broken Hill,” she said.
Registrations to play cricket this summer are now open.
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