Jo Borger & Megan Velardi – Women’s Cricket

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If you’re a woman in the Hastings area who likes to keep fit, enjoys team spirit and having fun in a social atmosphere, why not consider playing cricket? The Hastings River District Women’s Cricket Association meets Friday nights for a social comp – and they welcome you to come along!

What is your position with the club, and how long have you held that position?

Jo Borger – Co President and Megan Velardi – Secretary.

Please provide a brief history of the club … 

The Hastings River District Women’s Cricket Association was formed in 2007.  It is the only women’s cricket competition currently on the North Coast.

The Westport Club is our major sponsor of the competition.

We have four sponsors who supply team shirts, these being:

Constable Printing. Blue Water Legal. Filtafry. Tickner’s Golf Factory

How many members does your club currently have? 

Currently we have around 30 registered players and a 9 member committee. The ranges of these members are from 14 years of age through to 40 plus.

What competition/s is your club involved in? What’s involved with these comps? 

The Association runs a Friday night social competition for women high school age and up, predominantly fifteen overs a side, but this can sometimes vary depending on player numbers. The competition generally runs from November through to Feb/Mar, with a Christmas break.

The competition has modified rules to assist in players getting exposure to all aspects of the game. Some changes include: no LBW, 6 ball overs, no re-bowling for wides and no balls (gives new players a chance to experience and practice bowling without having to bowl numerous balls while learning.

Fielders other than wicketkeeper and slips are a minimum of 10 metres from the bat.

The Association is also host to the NSW Imparja Women’s team for practice matches before the team heads to the Imparja Cup. This year we hosted two North Coast representative sides, of which 1 was predominately HRDWCA players. Three twenty20 games were played on Oxley Oval in late January.

The HRDWCA has also travelled to Murwillumbah last May to play two matches against an upper North Coast team. This May we are hoping to host the Upper North Coast in Port Macquarie for the games.

These games are also crucial to women’s cricket, as they give a chance for our experienced players to play in a more competitive environment.

We conduct training sessions before the start of our competition, to give our existing players a chance to get rid of the rust and our new players to get the feel of batting, bowling and fielding.

How much cricket experience is necessary for new members wanting to join your club?

New members don’t need any experience. Our Friday night competition is about being social and having fun while trying to grow women’s cricket in the area. We have players from beginners to previous state and national representatives.

We have previously scheduled more Twenty20 competitive matches at Laurieton and Oxley Oval, and hosting the Imparja Weekend and a few others throughout the year outside of the Friday night competition has provided representative type games higher in cricket quality.

Why do you feel cricket is such a great sport? 

In this competition, lifelong friendships have been forged by strangers, and there is a camaraderie enjoyed by all who participate.

What’s the club’s track record with recent games/comps? Is 2012 shaping up to be a successful year?

Due to lack of numbers, we have only been able to field two teams. So, emphasis has been on individual performance with the bat and ball and improving individua figures, rather than which team has won.

For anyone interested in joining the club, what is the age limit and what equipment is needed?

Joining is as easy as turning up to a HRWDCA registration day before the season start or coming along on a Friday night during competition season and joining then. These are advertised on the Facebook site, website and have been advertised previously in the Port News and on radio. The competition is for high school age and upwards. No equipment is necessary, as the HRDWCA supplies all equipment needed to play.

Where’s the best place to go to find out more info about the club?

Website: hrdwca.nsw.cricket.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hastings-River-District-Womens-Cricket-Association/135304021545  

Email: hrdwca@gmail.com

Phone: 0411 270 677 (Jo Borger).

Thanks Jo and Megan.

Interview by Jo Atkins.

Photos thanks to Jac Isbel.

Main photo pictures Gabe Easey.

Inset photo: BR: Kim Broderick, Jo Borger, Lou Ahearn, Lou Phillips, Jackie Kennedy, Kyani McCubbin. FR: Amanda Thomas, Sharon Purcell, Kate Jackson, Mel Norup, Gabe Easey.

This story was published in issue 77 of Port Macquarie Focus

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