Hall of Famer mentors Sharks

Marengo local Sharon Tredrea became just the fifth female cricketer to be inducted into the Australian cricket Hall of Fame. PHOTO: Getty Images/Cricket Australia

Australian cricket’s newest Hall of Famer Sharon Tredrea says giving back to the sport she loves so much at Apollo Bay is a rewarding way to end her remarkable journey in the sport.

Tredrea, a pioneer of the women’s game in the truest sense, has always had a close connection with the Bay and has called the seaside town her home for the past decade after moving permanently from Melbourne to Marengo.

The three-time World Cup-winning cricketer for Australia says she likes to keep to herself, with most of the local community unaware a cricketing legend is among its ranks.

But Tredrea has made herself known to the Sharks’ girls’ team this summer and she couldn’t avoid the spotlight this week when she became one of only two cricketers inducted into the sport’s national Hall of Fame.

The 65-year-old was the toast of the Australian Cricket Awards night on Monday, sharing the honour with male cricket icon from the 1980s and ‘90s, Craig McDermott.

Tredrea enjoyed an astonishing career at international level for Australia and with Victoria in domestic cricket.

The all-rounder, who was once reportedly clocked bowling 134 kilometres an hour, represented her country 41 times when women’s cricket was hard to come by on the biggest stage.

She played 10 Tests and 31 One Day Internationals, including Australia’s first ever one-day match during the 1973 World Cup campaign in England.

Tredrea said she was happy to grow up in an era when women’s cricket at the highest standard was just a hobby.

“I probably came in at the right time because when I started there seemed to be more tours, prior to me people would have to wait 10 years for a tour, which is a long time,” she said.

“I don’t think I’d like to be playing now, because it’s more like a job and we had a lot of fun, and there isn’t enough Test cricket.

“I worked in the state bank and worked my way through and ended up in treasury when I was playing.

“I started with Raelee Thompson and almost played right through with her and the list goes on and on, we all had a lot of fun.”

Tredrea said she was eager to help Apollo Bay’s up-and-coming girls’ cricketers make their mark in the sport in a mentoring role.

The Sharks are competing in the second season of the CDCA Girls competition and Tredrea had already identified the likes of Jasmine Dunlop and Sky Smith as bright young prospects after helping coach Toby Caddy with training and watching the odd game.

Tredrea said she hoped to increase her role in future seasons, much to the young Bay girls’ luck.

“I’ve had a place in the Bay for a long, long time and 10 years ago I stopped working and made it a permanent home,” she said.

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