GIRL POWER: Junior cricketers Lucy Kanecny, 13, Calin Graham, 14, Abby Collihole, 10, and Demi Zanoni, 11, are excited for the new junior girls competition. Photo: PAUL MENSCH

CHANGES to junior cricket in Sunraysia this season show exciting signs for the future.

The Sunraysia Cricket Association (SCA) will adopt the proposed changes by Cricket Australia to their junior competitions, modifying the field, equipment and focusing on building technical skills.

The SCA will also introduce a junior girls competition for the first time to allow younger female cricketers to have fun and build their skills.

Mallee Murray Regional Cricket manager, Tom Huf, said there were exciting times ahead for cricket in Sunraysia.

“Women’s sport getting more coverage has created greater interest, especially the WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League) in cricket’s case,” he said.

“We’ve got a strong women’s competition here and at State championships we punch well above our weight. We’ve also produced some really good female cricketers.

“There is a fair bit of funding going back into grassroots levels from Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia, and here that means we can introduce this girls only competition for junior females to practice and improve their skills.

“For the junior competitions, it’s all about trying to develop their skills further and ensure they get a chance to take part.

“Games will be over faster, and they have to play proper shots and learn about the trajectory of the ball.

“With so many cricket associations implementing the changes, you can’t afford to be left behind.”

The junior girls competition, available for all girls between 10 and 17, will be played on Wednesday nights beginning on October 25.

All equipment will be provided by clubs to allow girls to have a go.

For further information visit the Sunraysia Cricket Association website.

Girls can also register to be part of the Mallee Murray Girls Cricket Carnival.

Players can take part in four fast, fun and exciting games of cricket, as well as receive coaching from Australian cricket legend Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

For more information, or to register, visit www.malleemurrayregion.cricketvictoria.com.au.