Photo Credit: Cricket NSW
In September this year, Melanie Reeves, a schoolteacher with the Centaur Primary School up in Banora Point, decided to hold a Girls Cricket Gala Day for primary school girls in the Tweed Heads area.
Reeves, who is also the girls’ cricket coordinator at Murwillumbah Panthers Cricket Club, contacted a few schools in the area to see if the girls were interested in coming in to try cricket and play for the club.
An unexpected 260 girls showed up to play cricket. Most of these girls had never played cricket before and took up the opportunity to pick up skills and spend time bonding with other girls who loved the sport as well. The turnout made the club enthusiastic to make this an annual event at the start of the season, which will go a long way in getting girls more cricketing opportunities in the area.
Reeves has been the coordinator of the club for four seasons now and organises girls-only Stage 1 and 2 cricket matches during the season for clubs in the area. She moved to Banora Point six years ago from Central Coast, which now has an amazing number of women playing cricket.