Term 4: Girls SuperSmash College League Launching

Cricket Wellington in conjunction with College Sport are launching an 8 a-side girls only college league in Term 4 to be played indoors at Newtown/Wellington City. Using a soft indoor cricket ball, there is no need for big protective gear etc, so this is a great way to kick off the cricket season or give cricket a go with your mates from netball/hockey or other winter sports.

As an individual, if you are interested in playing then please contact your sports coordinator to see what opportunities are available. Similarly, if a college is interesting in entering a team, or combining interested players with another college, then please contact Eimear Richardson at e.richardson@firebirds.co.nz.

Eimear Richardson (Wellington’s Pathway & Development Manager – Female Cricket) highlighted that the the girls only College SuperSmash League was born out of interest voiced in the college community along with an added desire to assist clubs recruitment of female members in the first half of the season.

“Wellington’s weather in Term 4 is always a bit temperamental so an indoor game seemed like a logical solution to gain regular cricketing options for students and colleges. One of our main criteria was that the league would be a maximum of six weeks and played early in the Term 4 so as to prevent any disruption to exam preparation.”

“With games lasting no longer than an hour, we’re hoping to attract both new players and colleges, while also providing experienced participants with leadership opportunities in a game that everybody fully participates – bats, bowls, fields.”

Netball SuperStar Irene van Dyk crossing codes to enjoy some social cricket with friends in Upper Hutt

CW is available to assist colleges to help the region raise the enjoyment levels and profile of cricket among young females.

Each team would play each other once with the focus purely on participation and experience of the game under a school banner setting. Matches are scheduled on Thursday after school and based in Newtown/Wellington city at the indoor cricket centres, with the main train station providing ease of access to colleges outside of the city. In the inaugural year, entries will be capped at six teams, with a minimum of four needed to proceed.

“Cricket Wellington believes this initiative, supported by colleges and students/parents alike will go a-long-way to satisfying the colleges ever increasing interest to grow and expand girls cricket to both competitive and social players, but also in a way that doesn’t inhibit the girls end of year school preparations/demands.”

Wellington Colleges that competed in the Term 1 College League