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Cricket clubs go in to bat for girls

Jaida Twigg from Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club, which is part of the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association which runs a series of programs aimed at encouraging more girls to play cricket.
Jaida Twigg from Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club, which is part of the Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association which runs a series of programs aimed at encouraging more girls to play cricket. Jono Searle

THE next wave of Australian cricket stars are being developed in the northern suburbs as girls pick up the bat and ball in record numbers.

Brisbane North Junior Cricket Association is holding clinics as it aims to become the strongest district for girls in Australia.

Organiser Robert Bailey said the success of the Australian women's team was also galvanising ranks.

"As far as I know, these clinics are the biggest push for girls cricket ever, especially at a grassroots club level,” Mr Bailey said.

"We have been working on building the amount of girls playing cricket in Brisbane North for the last six months and the response has been outstanding.

"We have established the largest club-based girls cricket competition in Queensland and plan to have the largest in the country by the end of the year.”

The association is formed by clubs at Sandgate, Albany Creek, Toombul, Burpengary, Everton Park, Ferny Grove, Pine Rivers, North Lakes, Ashgrove and Clayfield.

The association has been boosted by a $40,000 State Government grant and each club received a further $21,000 Growing Cricket for Girls Grant from Cricket Australia.

Among the rising stars is Sandgate-Redcliffe District Cricket Club's Jaida Twigg.

"You can meet a lot of new friends and have fun playing the game,” 13-year-old Jaida said.

"Give it a go.”

Each club will hold sessions just for girls on Sunday mornings until September 10.

Send an email to robert@bnjca.org.au or visit BNJCAgirls.org.au for more information.


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