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Long Journey of Women’s Cricket in Tasmania

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by Mary Konstantopoulos  The first game of cricket played between two women’s clubs in Tasmania was played between Oyster Cove and North Bruny Ladies Cricket Clubs in 1894. But for the women competing in this match, it wasn’t as simple as getting into a car and driving to a neighbouring club. The Oyster Cove team […]

by Mary Konstantopoulos 

The first game of cricket played between two women’s clubs in Tasmania was played between Oyster Cove and North Bruny Ladies Cricket Clubs in 1894.

But for the women competing in this match, it wasn’t as simple as getting into a car and driving to a neighbouring club. The Oyster Cove team went across to Bruny Island on a yacht in order to compete against the women from North Bruny.

Much of the information about this match and in particular, who got the wickets and scored the runs can be pieced together through local newspapers from the time. Lily Poulett-Harris was undefeated on 64 in her second innings and it is said she was able to hit the ball around quite a bit. The North Bruny captain, who was a wicketkeeper, also took several wickets during this game.

Former Tasmanian player, coach and administrator Jacqui Triffitt, has spent the last four years writing a book about the history of women’s cricket in Tasmania and this match in Kettering was a historic moment.

“The game was pioneering in its nature,” Triffitt said. “There was women’s cricket played in a lot of other places prior to that, but it felt to me like most of it was centred around novelty and charity.

“There were also instances where it was disorganised and teams did not have enough players to compete.”

This was in stark contrast to the match played in Tasmania where from the newspaper clippings from the time, Triffitt got a sense that there was developing respect for the women’s game.

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“These women were the founding women of organised cricket in Australia as I see it,” Triffitt said. “They were wanting to play cricket in the long term and have more than just a game here or there.”

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/long-journey-of-womens-cricket-in-tasmania/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=long-journey-of-womens-cricket-in-tasmania

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