Cricket Australia: 1973 Australian Women’s World Cup Reunion

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Members of the 1973 Australia Women’s team will come together at the CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval on Thursday, October 12, during the Women’s ODI between Australia and the West Indies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of cricket’s first World Cup.

The 1973 Women’s World Cup took place in England two years before the men’s equivalent. The Australian team featuring some of the game’s most famous names finished second in the round-robin tournament behind England.

The reunion is the first event of the Cricket Heritage project, a joint initiative by Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association designed to celebrate great players, games and moments that have contributed to cricket’s enduring place at the heart of every summer.

All 11 surviving members of the 1973 Australian women’s team will be at the Junction Oval to celebrate the 50th anniversary, relive great moments and be part of a special presentation honouring their significant role in Australian cricket history.

The presence of the 1973 Women’s World Cup team will be a feature of a special game-day event bringing together inspirational female players, media figures and government and business leaders to celebrate ‘The Unstoppable Momentum of Women’s Sport’.

Australia’s 1973 Women’s World Cup players in attendance at Thursday’s game will be: Sharon Tredrea, Tina Macpherson, Raelee Thompson, Margaret Jennings, Dawn Rae, Miriam Knee, Anne Gordon, Lorraine Hill, Patsy Fayne, Bev Wilson, Jackie Potter.

Nick Hockley, CA Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted to host the 1973 Women’s World Cup team at the Junction Oval and celebrate the 50th anniversary of a momentous occasion for cricket,” he said.

“This team not only contained many amazing and iconic players; their skill and determination forged the way for the world champion Australian team of today.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Australian Cricketers’ Association in the Cricket Heritage project which will ensure we find appropriate ways to honour greats of the past and celebrate cricket’s rich history.”

Todd Greenberg, ACA CEO said:

“The greatness of the current Australian Women’s team is built on the legacy created by those who came before. This is why events such as this linking the greats from the past – in this case the 1973 Women’s World Cup team – with the players of today, as well as those among the many watching who will be the players of the future, are so important,” he said.

“All of these players are a part of the thread that runs through the storied history of Australian cricket, and I’m proud to help recognise this.”

“Our players are very appreciative of those who ‘dug the well’ allowing them the success they enjoy today. We are proud to join with Cricket Australia in recognising and celebrating them.”

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