Historic first match for women’s team

Irrewarra will make history on Sunday when the club plays its first game in the Barwon Women’s Cricket Competition. Redbacks cricketers, from back left, Bec and Tea Luppino, Ange Balcombe, Rachel Connelly, Rowena Gleeson, front, Nardia Foley, Sophie Richardson and Jacinta Langdon are pictured this week before the Twenty20 contest against Ballarat at Colac Secondary College.

Committed women’s cricket official Jaccob Rodda says he hopes future generations of Colac district players witness a historic day for the sport in the region this weekend.

Irrewarra will make its debut in the Barwon Women’s Cricket Competition on Sunday, when the club hosts Ballarat at Colac Secondary College.

Rodda played a major role in launching an all-girls competition in the CDCA last season and he has helped create junior and senior teams to play in Geelong-based competitions in 2019-20.

He said Sunday’s Twenty20 match was a chance to showcase the opportunities for the next wave of women’s cricketers.

“We’ll be encouraging the girls that have played in the junior comp to come over and have a look and get behind the team,” Rodda said.

“It might be somewhere they’ll be playing in two, three or four years’ time, depending on how progressed they are.”

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