Lions get second win of the season

Amy Hibbert is one of Melton's stars. (Supplied)

Melton got its second win for the Victorian Turf Cricket Association women’s division season on Sunday.

Having had a women’s team for a number of years, the Lions had been without one since the 2018-19 season.

The Lions rebooted their team for this season under the guidance of former player Kareena Jacobsen-Logan who has been a playing-coach this season.

Jacobsen-Logan said the return of women’s cricket to Melton has been fantastic.

“It’s been amazing having the women’s team at Melton, the club has been really supportive and helpful,” she said.

“We had about five players that had played together previously, we have roughly 20 girls registered and have been rotating selections based on availability, so the same team hasn’t been playing together the whole season.

“We have been a little unlucky with the washouts and cancelled games being against more levelled competition, having to play the top two teams twice has been a little confidence shaking but the girls have learnt a lot by playing top quality teams.”

The Lions faced Point Cook on Sunday, winning their second game for the year against the bottom placed side.

The Lions won the toss and decided to bat at Saltwater Reserve, posting a score of 7-136 from their 20 overs. The Lions were clinical with ball in hand, defending their total easily with Point Cook only managing 9-66 from their 20 overs.

“The girls really came together and played as a team,” Jacobsen-Logan said. “Every player is contributing to the wins, which was evident on Sunday.”

While it has been a successful return for the Lions, Jacobsen-Logan said the club is always on the lookout for more players.

“We are always looking to recruit, we have recruited two girls just this week, with only two games left for the season,” she said.

“We have a couple of young ones that are learning from the older girls and Gavin Boon has been assisting with specialist training which has been developing the girls skills really well.”

With recruitment a priority for the Lions, Jacobsen-Logan said the signs from the current crop are promising.

“All the girls seem super keen to come back next year, so we are definitely hoping to build the skills, confidence and team bond to be more competitive next season,” she said.

The Lions sit seventh on the ladder.

The Lions play Williamstown CYMS on Sunday, before finishing their season against Aberfeldie.

In other matches, Caroline Springs suffered a rare loss to Westmeadows.