Falcons back in big dance


Caroline Springs is through to its third straight Victorian Turf Cricket Association women’s grand final.

The Falcons defeated Aberfeldie on Sunday to book their spot in the big dance.

After a poor batting display, the Falcons were able to bowl their way to a convincing victory.

The Falcons were sent in to bat by Aberfeldie and got off to an ok start at 2-41, however, the Falcons then lost their next six wickets for just seven runs.

With the middle order collapsing like it did, the Falcons only reached 63 when they were bowled out in the 20th over.

With the ball, the Falcons were off to a fantastic start, having Aberfeldie in a tricky spot at 4-8. The Strong start was thanks to opening bowlers Kyah Marum and Hannah Herring, who took 3-4 and 2-11 respectively.

“They were fantastic, Kyah and Hannah have been terrific for us all year,” coach Gary Pretty said.

“So we have a lot of faith in those girls to deliver for us time and time again.”

The wickets kept falling for Aberfelidie, with the final four coming for just eight runs, finishing the innings in the 18th over at 49 runs.

“It’s great, after a pretty ordinary effort with the bat on Sunday, to win the game was a fantastic effort,” Pretty said.

“It showed the strength of the girls to be able to come out and defend a score like that. Our bowling’s our strength, we know that and the girls bowled and fielded brilliantly.

“The challenge now is to regroup and get our batting in order as we have a crack at Westmeadows again.”

This is the third year in a row that the Falcons have met Westmeadows in the grand final. With the Falcons taking out last year’s flag and the Warriors the other.

“It’ll be a good game,” Pretty said. “We’re one all so far throughout this season when we’ve played each other. So it’ll be a really good game.

“There’s some great opportunities to get a win on them and we’re looking forward to the challenge.

“We can’t wait, we’re champing at the bit to get there.”

Pretty said not only is this a great result for the women in the team, but it shows how strong the future of women’s cricket at Caroline Springs is.

“We’re looking to build the women’s side of the game at the club,” he said.

“We’ve got one team at the moment, we’ve got aspirations for more. We’ve got a junior girls team which we hope can become a feeder team for the senior girls.

“It just helps strengthen the game and helps promote the game and grow numbers for us as well which is what we want to do.”