There is a new opportunity for women to give cricket a go with Cricket Australia’s Women’s Social Smash competition launching in NSW and the ACT on Friday 4 March.

With 20 centres across NSW and the ACT, the six-week program for women of all ages and abilities, encourages participants to get active in a relaxing, supportive, and fun environment with the opportunity to form new friendships along the way.

Following a successful pilot in 2021, Women’s Social Smash has widened its accessibility for women by holding programs in more locations throughout metro and regional areas of NSW with the welcome addition of the ACT program this year. The ACT centre, held in Deakin, will commence in March with dates and times to be confirmed. 

NSW Breakers star batter and Australian women’s cricket vice-captain Rachael Haynes visited a Women’s Social Smash session, encouraging women to get involved in the program which promotes social connection and getting active.

“It’s just a fun way to play the game of cricket, get to know it hang out with your family and friends, and enjoy the game. I think it’s about giving the game a go,” Haynes said.

Women’s Social Smash participant and mother, Aislinn McKeever spoke about her experience in the program coming from a non-cricketing background.

“From a social perspective, being a working mum, it gives me some time out for myself to exercise as well as meet other people in the same situation and have a bit of fun and laughter. Don’t be afraid, if I can do it and I’ve never lifted a cricket bat, just come a long,” McKeever said.

Cricket Australia’s Senior Growth Programs Manager Samantha Krajina said developing a program that accentuated social connection, fun health and wellbeing benefits was key to encouraging more women to pick up a bat and join a program.

“We wanted to provide a platform for more women at all ages to get involved in cricket and a key aspect of the program was to ensure it’s accessible for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, a backyard cricketer or a mum, everyone can play,” Krajina said.

Each Women’s Social Smash game is played over 60-90 minutes between teams of eight players with eight overs each. Games are played with a shorter pitch and boundary, a soft ball is used and no protective gear is required. There are no outs and everyone gets to bat and bowl.

To get involved in the Deakin Women’s Social Smash centre, click here