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Brunswick and Coburg benefit from cricket structure changes

Brunswick and Coburg benefit from cricket structure changes

The Cricket Victoria Board has endorsed Coburg Cricket Club to join the Women’s Premier Firsts T20 competition for season 2016-17, alongside other changes which will see a new Premier Reserves competition introduced and Carlton-Brunswick (a partnership between Carlton and our own Brunswick Cricket Club) elevated to join the Premier Seconds Grade.

The changes to the Women’s Premier Cricket structure are part of a long-term vision and strategy to create a strong foundation for the competition and to create an open pathway and opportunity for aspirational clubs to compete at the highest level in the state.

Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide said that these developments come at a time of unprecedented change and interest in women’s cricket.

“These changes to the Premier Cricket structure will give more opportunities for women to play cricket in the highest standard of competition in Victoria while also expanding the footprint and accessibility of Premier Cricket,” Dodemaide said.

“These changes are focused on supporting grass-roots development of emerging talent.

The endorsement combined with other changes to the Women’s Premier competition give both women and girls the chance to complete their cricket pathway at Coburg or Brunswick, beginning at MILO in2Cricket and progressing right through to representing Victoria and potentially Australia.

Coburg Cricket Club has approximately 370 members consisting of 200 players and 170 social/other members. They currently have two senior women’s sides with the possibility of an additional team in the next few years. In 1992/93 Coburg entered its first Women’s XI in the VWCA. In the last 5 years the women premier seconds have played in 5 of the past 6 Grand Finals, winning the 2014-15 and 2015-16 premier finals and T20 competition.

Brunswick Cricket Club has recently entered into a joint venture with Carlton Cricket Club to promote and develop cricket for girls and women in the north and north west of Melbourne, beginning at the U8 Milo In2Cricket development program level, through juniors into senior cricket.

Brunswick Cricket Club has shown itself to be a viable club with strong ties to the local community. The club’s female membership was significantly impacted in 2014/15 when its senior female side merged with Prahran. Despite this, Brunswick returned in the 2015/16 season with almost 50 female playing members.

Council Officers are excited to see both clubs continue to grow and provide girls who play junior cricket in Moreland, a pathway to the elite.

Premier Cricket Grading Structure 2016-17

One-day competition

Premier Seconds

 

  1. Brighton District 1st XI
  2. Coburg 1st XI
  3. Melton 1st XI
  4. Napoleons/Sebastopol 1st XI
  5. Ringwood 1st XI
  6. Carlton-Brunswick 1st XI

 

Twenty20 competition

Premier Firsts

 

  1. Box Hill 1st XI
  2. Dandenong 1st XI
  3. Essendon MP 1st XI
  4. Melbourne 1st XI
  5. Plenty Valley 1st XI
  6. Prahran 1st XI
  7. Ringwood 1st XI
  8. Coburg 1st XI

 

Premier Seconds

  1. Box Hill 2nd XI
  2. Dandenong 2nd XI
  3. Essendon MP 2nd XI
  4. Melbourne 2nd XI
  5. Plenty Valley 2nd XI
  6. Prahran 2nd XI
  7. Napoleons/Sebastopol 1st XI
  8. Melton 1st XI
  9. Brighton District 1st XI
  10. Carlton-Brunswick 1st XI

Original source: Cricket Victoria media release