Meg Lanning fills us in on the fun at Milo in2Cricket Boy Free Zone Clinics
This week has been provided me with the opportunity to attend and help run a number of MILO In2CRICKET Boy Free Zone Clinics.
This is a once a year occurrence when young girls are given the chance to have a clinic with one of the Commonwealth Bank Southern stars or VicSpirit players.
The first clinic had a great turn out of 15 young budding cricketers and was held at Rowville.
With storm clouds closing in quickly we tried to get through as much of the clinic as we could in 15 minutes – a very hard task.
I’m sure the group I led are all destined to be the next Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars top order because as quickly as I said we were going to start off with bowling, they had immediately all went and grabbed their bats! Needless to say we did batting first. Unfortunately the lightning and rain cut short the clinic so it was inside for a Question and Answer session before handing out some free show bags and posters which always brings a smile to their faces.
Another clinic held with the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit girls was an extremely enjoyable experience as we had the whole squad in attendance, we were able to pair up with a young cricketer and have a mini one-on-one session.
Catching was the first drill but the real highlights came in the game of Rapidfire, a game loved by all youngsters growing up. With one VicSpirit player and one Milo cricketer in each pair it was a very competitive game for everyone and all played in good fun. However, one player who I won’t name decided to launch shots flying in the air at head height that left everyone ducking for cover!
Heading out into the junior clubs around the state and seeing the up and coming female cricketers develop is a very rewarding experience. It’s fun environment and the enjoyment that the young girls have is evident by their eagerness to participate in any drill on offer.
Along with the healthy lifestyle and fun that comes with playing cricket, it also provides the chance to develop friendships that will continue throughout your life. Currently there are two female English cricketers at Box Hill who have come over to play cricket in Australia. The chance for them to come over here would not have been possible if we had not played cricket and this highlights the opportunities that can arise from participating in sport.
In between these clinic all states have been preparing for the up and coming round of matches this weekend in the WNCL and WT20, I know the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit can’t wait to get out there against Tasmania!
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