Cricket to Australia is like baseball is to America. It's most Australian's favourite summer sport and I love it. I used to play a ladies version of it when I was younger for many years as well as indoor cricket and even had a season of full on men's cricket (played by ladies) in my early twenties. My family was fortunate enough to be invited to a picnic at Allan Border fields just recently to experience the junior version of cricket called "in2CRICKET".
Members from Queensland Cricket were on hand to teach the kids the basics of the game from throwing, catching and hitting the ball. Some may say cricket is as boring as watching paint dry but I think there's a lot more to it than that. I think it teaches children a lot of skill. Besides the basic catching and throwing there is the technique of bowling, the batting, learning patience and teamwork and how to play an attacking game as well as learning to play defensively.
Women's cricket has come a long way since I played it all those years ago but still has a long way to go before it ever gets the same publicity as men's cricket in the world. Hopefully with the in2CRICKET program being introduced through schools, it just might open up a whole new generation of would be women cricketers. I know my son is keen to learn more. I just hope my daughter might like it as I did.
We attended the cricket clinic with a whole bunch of other Queensland bloggers on a particularly hot October Sunday. We enjoyed cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes etc and lovely company before the kids headed off to the Southbank swimming beach to cool off. If you're thinking of getting your children into a sport, get them into cricket. It's an Australian institution.
To find out more about the game of cricket, click here and the in2CRICKET program, here.
* This is not a sponsored post. We did enjoy a no cost session of in2CRICKET as part of the PANDA (Post and Ante Natal Depression Association) Black & White Family Day.