WBBL head to Moe

CRICKET fans in Gippsland will once again get the chance to experience elite cricket as part of a three-match festival, when the WBBL debuts in Moe later this year.

The Melbourne Stars will play the Perth Scorchers and the Brisbane Heat, while the Melbourne Renegades will also play the Scorchers in a jam-packed festival weekend of the WBBL across November 19-20.

It will be the first time that the Stars WBBL Team has played in Moe, after the Stars BBL team first played at Ted Summerton Reserve in in January 2019.

Along with the support of the state government and Latrobe City Council, the festival weekend is designed to inspire the next generation of female cricketers, as well as feature the region.

Melbourne Stars wicketkeeper and former Trafalgar Cricket Club player Nicole Faltum said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to play close to home.

“After two years of the WBBL away from not only Melbourne but Victoria, I can’t wait to play in front of friends and family in Moe in November,” she said.

“It will be great to get among the regional community that means so much to myself and the Stars, and to have the elite women’s domestic cricket competition in my own backyard where I grew up will be pretty special.”

Victorian Minister for Sport Steve Dimopoulos said the festival would provide a great boost for the region.

“We’re proud to bring the WBBL to Gippsland for the first time, providing locals with a jam-packed weekend festival of cricket. The festival is yet another great reason for Victorian families to visit this beautiful region of Victoria,” he said.

“We’ve invested $3.5 million transforming Ted Summerton Reserve into an international-standard cricket facility, so there’s never been a better time to get behind a team and enjoy the action right in your own backyard.”

Those who played at Ted Summerton Reserve last summer will attest to its upkeep.

You didn’t even bother chasing anything that got through the ring.

After being on the road for the previous two seasons, Melbourne Stars general manager Blair Crouch welcomed the chance to get back to the region.

“We can’t wait to get to Moe and showcase the WBBL, which is the best domestic women’s cricket competition in the world,” he said.

“I’d like to thank both the Victorian government and the Latrobe City Council for their work and ongoing support in being able to deliver such an experience for members of the region.

“We know we can make a positive impact on Moe and the Gippsland region and we hope we can continue our strong form at Ted Summerton Reserve, having won both games there previously in the BBL.”

Latrobe City Mayor Cr Kellie O’Callaghan said all were looking forward to welcoming more elite sport to the Valley.

“We are thrilled to welcome Australia’s leading female cricketers to Moe in November for a fantastic weekend of play,” she said.

“This is a major event for our sporting calendar, which will serve as inspiration for local upcoming players, showcase our facilities, bring visitors to our city and support our economy.”

 

WBBL Moe Festival

@ Ted Summerton Reserve

Saturday November, 19

10.40am, Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers

Sunday, November 20

10.15am, Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades

2pm, Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat