In Season 2015/16 the NMCA introduced a Women’s Cricket Competition. Initiated to respond to the growing interest in Women’s Sport, the competition allowed the NMCA to provide an opportunity for more members of our cricket community to play the game we love.
The four inaugural teams of the Women’s Cricket Competition were formed within existing NMCA clubs, allowing the players to receive support and coaching within an established and professional environment. There are now teams from over eleven clubs participating in a program that includes Skills Masterclasses, T10 Tournaments, Representative Matches & Outdoor & Indoor fixtures.
The NMCA was awarded The Most Outstanding Sporting Program Award in 2015 by the Darebin City Council.
The NMCA is committed to providing an equal, open and enjoyable opportunity for women and girls of all ages and skill levels to learn and play the game of cricket.
We believe that cricket belongs to all of us, and it is our responsibility and our privilege to offer the opportunity to play the game we love.
LORRAINE IRELAND SHIELD& LENORE SMITH SHIELD
The Lorraine Ireland & Lenore Smith Shield comprise of a seven round T10/T20/One Day fixture and a seven round One Day fixture that run across two seasons in October/November and January through to March. The competition has two divisions and matches are played on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The Lorraine Ireland Shield is named in honour of NMCA Life Member Lorraine Ireland, who served the competition and the board with dedication and perseverance for over 20 years.
The Lenore Smith Shield is named in honour of NMCA Life Member, Board Member, creator of the NMCA Women’s Cricket Competition and current Women’s Cricket Manager Lenore Smith.
Both women and their families maintain a strong involvement and presence in the competition.
Held as part of the Spring Season each year, the Women’s T10 Tournament provides an opportunity for existing and new teams to join together in a day long festival of cricket!
The shorter format of the game is designed to encourage skills development, participation and enjoyment of cricket.