The Penrith Cricket Club will field a First Grade team in the Sydney Women’s Grade competition for the first time in 2014/15 providing players in local and surrounding areas with the chance to test themselves in the strongest women’s club competition in Australia and press for higher honours.
Penrith returned to the Sydney Women’s Grade competition in 2011/12 when they entered a team in the Brewer Shield (U/17). It was a very successful season with their side winning both the T20 and Limited Overs competitions.
They were able to expand the following season by entering an additional side in Second Grade.
Since their return to the competition, Penrith has been represented in the NSW U/15 and U/18 female teams while eight of their players are currently involved in Cricket NSW Academy Programs.
Penrith also has a partnership with the Western Zone Academy to provide players from regional NSW with the opportunity to play in the Women’s Grade competition.
Penrith’s women’s coordinator, Kim Hinkley, said the club’s expansion into the First Grade competition was exciting news for the players.
“The chance to join the Sydney Women’s First Grade competition means that players from our local area now have the same opportunities as players from the majority of our rival clubs. It is wonderful that we can now provide a pathway for our players right through to the Lend Lease Breakers,” she said.
The Chair of the Sydney Women’s Grade Sub-Committee, Jessica Henry, congratulated Penrith on their admission to the First Grade competition.
“The addition of Penrith to the First Grade competition is a big step forward for women’s cricket. Ours is the strongest competition in Australia and playing against other First Grade teams, as well as with and against cricketers who have played in the Women’s National Cricket League and for Australia, will greatly benefit the development of young Penrith players,” she said.
Players interested in representing the Penrith Cricket Club in the Sydney Women’s Grade competition should visit www.penrithcricketclub.com.au for more