Monday, December 5, 2022

Cricket Australia: Weber WBBL|08, Australian Cricket’s new Women and Girls Week launched

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The world’s best cricket league for women returns for its eighth season this week, with the Weber Women’s Big Bash League to be played against the backdrop of an exciting new celebration across the game.

Alongside launching the Weber WBBL|08 season, Australian Cricket has today proudly announced its inaugural Women and Girls Week will take place this summer.

Scheduled to run throughout the Weber WBBL|08 Finals series from November 21-27, the week will celebrate the vast contribution of cricket’s amazing female volunteers, coaches, officials, players and administrators.

Schedule of media opportunities

Key WBBL players will be available to the media alongside a selection of female community cricketers and participants for picture and vision opportunities.

Sydney:

Ellyse Perry, Sydney Sixers captain and Rachael Haynes, Sydney Thunder captain

North Sydney Oval, 10:00am AEDT

Contact: Matthew Taylor 0431896702

Melbourne

Sophie Molineux and Sarah Coyte (Melbourne Renegades), Nicole Faltum and Annabel Sutherland (Melbourne Stars)

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager, Big Bash Leagues, will also be available

Ian Johnson Oval (opposite CitiPower Centre), 12:30pm AEDT

Contact: Nick Duxson 0434 659 473 and Andrew Mayes 0405 846 203

Brisbane

The Brisbane Heat squad will be available at a Queensland Cricket media opportunity

Allan Border Field, 10:00am AEST

Contact: Stephen Gray 0418 885 899

Adelaide

Darcie Brown, Adelaide Strikers fast bowler

Adelaide Oval, 9:00am ACDT

Contact: Lucy Williams 0419 259 697

About Weber WBBL|08

Members of Australia’s reigning world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning side will take the field alongside a host of top-class internationals across all eight Clubs in Weber WBBL|08.

For the first time since 2019, all eight Clubs will host home matches, giving fans the opportunity to see their teams live once again.

Host broadcaster Seven will show 24 WBBL|08 matches live, with every game available on Foxtel and Kayo Sports. ABC Radio and cricket.com.au will also provide coverage.

The WBBL|08 season begins on Thursday, October 13. Tickets are available at cricket.com.au/big-bash/

About Women and Girls Week

Australian Cricket’s inaugural celebration of women and girls in the game will showcase the people and initiatives that ensure the women’s game goes from strength to strength.

Throughout Women and Girls Week, the game will celebrate past and present cricketers at an elite and grassroots level, volunteers, coaches, umpires and administrators.

By aligning to the WBBL|08 Finals, the week will demonstrate the links between the WBBL competition, which inspires more girls to play cricket, and the grassroots clubs and volunteers that make that happen.

Further details regarding activities taking place during the week will be revealed throughout Weber WBBL|08.

We acknowledge the role of our partners, including Weber, Woolworths, CommBank, KFC and Toyota in growing cricket and making it a sport of choice for women and girls.

Ellyse Perry, Sydney Sixers captain, said:

“It’s exciting to launch the Weber WBBL08 season alongside so many inspiring female athletes from all over the world. The thought of having crowds back right around the country for the competition is wonderful.

“Women and Girls Week is a fantastic opportunity for all of the players to celebrate and recognise those who have come before us, the volunteers who continue to grow the game, and the bright future of the game that is represented by so many young, talented girls with the world at their feet.”

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, said:

“The Weber WBBL is the world’s best cricket league for women and we are delighted to be taking the competition back to fans in every home market this season.

“For many fans, WBBL|08 will be the first time they’ve seen their favourite players or club since 2019 and we look forward to sharing a brilliant experience at the cricket that showcases the very best of our game.

“We know the importance of the WBBL in inspiring girls around Australia to love and play cricket, and also providing a crucial pathway to international representation.

“We’re proud to be joining all of Australian Cricket in celebrating Women and Girls Week during the Weber WBBL|08 Finals to recognise all women who make the game a leading sport for women and girls.”

James Allsopp, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, Community Cricket & Capability, said:

“The WBBL has inspired so many women and girls to play cricket, so the start of an exciting new season is the perfect time to launch our first Women and Girls week. 

“One of Australian Cricket’s key objectives is to accelerate the amazing growth in female participation and make cricket a leading sport for girls. 

“Women and Girls Week will celebrate our inspirational role models, volunteers, administrators and officials and also showcase the brilliant initiatives across Australia that are bringing our ambition to life.”

Tickets are now on sale for all Weber WBBL|08 and KFC BBL|12 games. Information is available on the Big Bash website

Fans are also encouraged to stay up to date with the latest information on the summer of Big Bash including tickets, memberships and news via our Australian Cricket Family. Not already an ACF member? Sign up here.

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