Age no barrier for grandmother

Colac’s Bev Gleeson, right, and her daughter Rowena Graham, centre, are in their first seasons of cricket with Irrewarra’s women’s team. Rowena’s daughter Taylah is also coming through the ranks in Colac’s junior competition.

A Colac grandmother has proven it’s never too late to try something new.

Bev Gleeson is among five players in Irrewarra’s inaugural cricket team playing the sport for the first time.

The extremely active 64-year-old said she jumped at the chance to play alongside her daughter and fellow rookie Rowena Graham, whose husband Darren plays with the Redbacks.

Gleeson said it was an exciting time for women’s cricket in the Colac district, with the sport not available to girls while she was growing up.

The grandmother of 12 instead played racquetball, tennis, and represented the area in netball and squash.

“This first season of cricket has been amazing, absolutely amazing,” Gleeson said.

“Cricket was never an option when I was growing up,” she said.

“The only real sports we had for girls were netball and tennis, basketball came in as well.

“So cricket was a whole different kind of sport.

“Initially I was a bit frightened of the cricket ball, but once I realised it’s not so scary I think I’ve picked it up pretty quickly.”

Gleeson she had little to no understanding of cricket before taking up the sport.

She praised Irrewarra’s men’s cricketers, as well as women’s mentors Bec Luppino and Jacinta Langdon, for the development of the Redbacks’ women’s team this summer.

“(I wasn’t much of a cricket fan before now), I didn’t actually understand it, I just thought it was some boring game where the ball gets belted around,” Gleeson said.

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