GIRL POWER: These girls are showing the boys how to play. (Back) Luci Donges, Mackenzie Weatherley and Anika Irwin (front)Amelia Wishart, Kyanne Fowler and Tahlia Neil.
GIRL POWER: These girls are showing the boys how to play. (Back) Luci Donges, Mackenzie Weatherley and Anika Irwin (front)Amelia Wishart, Kyanne Fowler and Tahlia Neil. Liana Walker

Girls out on the cricket field

Cricket: Some people say cricket is a boys' sport but six Granite Belt girls are here to prove them wrong.

Tahlia Neil, Kyanne Fowler, Luci Donges, Mackenzie Weatherley, Amelia Wishart and Anika Irwan have all been playing junior cricket this year alongside the boys and are proving just as skilled as their male peers.

Weatherley, 12, said there were some great perks to the sport.

"Teaming up with some mates and playing with the boys as well,” she said.

"Playing with the boys is good because you get a bit of confidence when you try your hardest as well.”

Thirteen-year-old Wishart has been playing for Stanthorpe for three years but has been brought up with a bat in hand.

"There's a lot more opportunities for the girls now, we're getting brought up with more (women's sport) televised,” she said.

"You get to challenge yourself against the boys because they think they're really good but we're better.”

The cricket girls are an athletic crew with all of them signed up for various other sports including swimming, netball, touch, oztag and even dance.

"It's fun, it's just something to do on the weekends,” Neil said.

All six girls agreed they'd love to see more girls out on the field.

Junior cricket secretary Melinda Toms encouraged any girls to come along and have a try on any Saturday morning game.

"Any new players are welcome to sign up at anytime or come down and try on a Saturday morning at any time during the year.”

Anyone interested in junior cricket should email stanthorpejuniorcricket@gmail.com for more information.

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