The ever-increasing opportunities for all Australians to play cricket was last week on show again as the 10th annual Girls Country Cricket Carnival (GCCC) experienced unprecedented participation rates.
Kalgoorlie once again took the honours, defeating the team from the Great Southern amidst a tournament that also featured two touring teams from the Netherlands.
WACA Female Game Development Coordinator Janelle Cuthbertson said the number of players taking part in the GCCC would be excellent for the future of cricket in the state.
"It was very pleasing to see the growth in numbers this year,” Cuthbertson said.
"We hope with the continual work and support of our Regional Cricket Managers to Country Boards, Associations and stakeholders out in regional WA that we will see a continual growth and the expansion of our girls’ competitions out to all regional areas.
"There are already huge amounts of growth and exposure surrounding female cricket not only in the Metro area but also in Regional WA, which was emphasised this year as we had an additional five teams at this year’s tournament.”
The increased number of players was also a vital step forward for the female pathway, increasing the pool of players and opportunities for WACA staff to identify potential talent to develop.
The 10 teams competing at this year’s GCCC came from all over the state, including the Mid-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and also the Peel region.
"The GCCC is very important for us, not only to provide the next generation of players from regional areas the opportunity to compete in Perth against other quality participants but also for our High Performance team to do some talent identification,” Cuthbertson said.
"In the past, many of our state players have come from regional WA and it can prove very difficult to identify them when they can be in very remote areas of the state.”