Wives take aim at Eggs
THEIR hopes may not be high, but that does not matter because this weekend’s Australia Day seven-a-side is all about having a laugh.
“It really is just a bit of fun for us, I don’t think we are going to be setting any records,” Raeleen Richardson, founder of team Wives said.
She did have one goal for the weekend though.
“We just have to beat Brothers Eggs because I know the guys in that side and nothing would please me more,” she said.
The Wives, made up of women associated with Brothers cricket club, are the only female team in the 25-side tournament, played in three divisions.
Richardson will join forces with Hayley Parker, Coral Otty, Michala Herbert, Sorelle MacKinnon and Daryl Jensen for an assault on division three, where $100 is up for grabs for the winners.
Top prize in division one is $300 and the winners of division two receive $200.
The women were hoping to enter a team last year, but the whole weekend was washed out.
Richardson is the wife of division two Brothers captain Artie Richardson, but she said the team has not been forthcoming with advice.
“We’ve been on our own up until now, but we’ll have a hit at training and the boys will give us a run-through,” she said.
Aside from Jensen, who plays division three for Brothers, none of the women have played before.
Richardson still spends plenty of time at the cricket, scoring for her husband’s team.
“It’ll be nice to be out in the field and not behind the book for a change,” she said.
“But I think we’ll need a bit of luck to score any runs unless Daryl tees off.”
Tournament coordinator Noel Stitt said the 25-team turnup was encouraging.
“It’s on par with most years and we’ve got some pretty even divisions I think,” he said.
Fifty dollars each will go to the player who hits the most sixes, scores the most runs and takes the most wickets.
With a points cap on teams there are no stand-out sides, but Bundaberg captain Jarrod Laycock will line up for Diggers.
Alongside first division team-mates Josh Nugent and Ash Williams they shape as one of the favourites in the six-over-a-side bash.