Wudinna event a chance to gauge interest in women's cricket

Wudinna will host a Twenty20 cricket tournament for girls aged 10 to 16 this weekend, designed to help the growth of the women's game on Eyre Peninsula.

The girls' Eyre Peninsula junior cricket T20 day will take place at Wudinna Oval on Sunday, November 24.

Girls from across the region are encouraged to register, with the aim to have enough players to fill four teams.

Cindy Best is one of the organisers and said this would be a good opportunity to grow the women's game across Eyre Peninsula.

"We want to get the girls out there on the day and see how they go, with the idea of picking an Eyre Peninsula side to play at the Country Cup in the Barossa Valley in January," she said.

Ms Best said there had been registrations from Kimba, Streaky Bay, Wudinna and Elliston, and they hoped to have at least 25 players.

"There is a push from SACA (South Australian Cricket Association) to have girls cricket, but we are not sure we have enough girls to have a competition yet," she said.

"We want to get a minimum of 25 for the carnival - we'd love four teams of eight and they can compete in a round robin, then we can select a representative team to train for the championship.

"The registrations are starting to come in and by early next week we'd like to have an indication of our numbers."

The event will provide an opportunity to gauge the interest in the women's game on Eyre Peninsula, which Ms Best said was on the rise.

"It is building and, like AFLW, is still in the establishing phase but whether there are enough girls who want to play it as their first sport is what we are trying to determine."

She said there would also be a meeting on the day to discuss establishing a sub-committee of Eyre Peninsula Junior Cricket Association that would focus on the women's game.

SACA's club and participation officer for Eyre Peninsula Brayden Frost said there were 30 girls playing in boys' competitions across the region but there had been plenty of interest in gala days run at schools at Kimba and Port Lincoln.

He said the Wudinna event would provide an important foundation.

"This is one of the first opportunities for all of the girls to come together and play in their own competition," he said.

"We see this competition being a building block for the future of women's cricket.

Girls interested in playing can register until the day at playcricket.com.au, then select Wudinna from the 'cricket near' section and then 'Port Adelaide/Eyre Peninsula'.

Registration is $5 per player with players expected at Wudinna Oval at 9.30am for a 10am start.

For more information, call Cindy Best on 0429 602 426.