• The Concord Briars Girls Cricket Team celebrate their first season in action (SBS)
A four-year multi-million dollar investment by Cricket Australia and its corporate backers is rewriting the path to sporting glory for many young female cricketers.
John Baldock

6 Apr 2017 - 6:46 PM  UPDATED 6 Apr 2017 - 10:07 PM

The 'Growing Cricket for Girls' initiative has led to many girls from a variety of cultural backgrounds giving the sport a go.

The Concord Briars have just finished their first season playing cricket against all-girl teams from across Sydney.

Aged between 9 and 13 years old, the team represents a good slice of Australia's multicultural mix, with players from Greek, Italian, Turkish, Lebanese and Armenian backgrounds. 

And they don't have to play with or against boys.

Coach Steve Winstanley told SBS News the shift away from mixed teams is a good thing, with one of his players set to join a boys' team before the Briars were formed.

"She wouldn't have got the opportunities in a boys' team," he said.

Nationally there are now 538 all-girls teams, with around 7,500 players taking part.

With the pathway to State, Big Bash cricket and possibly national recognition with the Southern Stars, women's cricket has never been in a healthier position.

At the grassroots level, the focus is on new players enjoying the game.

"We don't care where they're from as long as they love cricket," Briars Cricket Club President, Chris Burt, said.

Schools, clubs and associations can apply for the second round of Growing Cricket for Girls Fund grants from April 18.

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